D-Link today announced the first compact wireless USB 1.1 adapter that works seamlessly across both Windows and Mac OS-based systems: the D-Link Air DWL-122 Wireless Network USB Adapter provides an 802.11b wireless connection with data transfer speeds up to 11Mbps to any desktop or laptop computer by plugging directly into a standard USB 1.1/2.0 port. The bus-powered device ships with an extension cable; it is a 802.11b compliant device, ensuring compatibility with 802.11b/g standards-based networking devices and features integrated 64/128-bit WEP encryption. It is $50 and requires Mac OS X 10.2.
SilverNetworks today released a significant update to its free remote screen capture tool, Spy 1.1. It allows you to run a server on your Mac, that when accessed by any normal web browser, allows people to see a snapshot of your screen, as well as information about your Macintosh. Clients can view a static image, or can view your screen in a live, continously updated feed in either JPEG or PNG format. Other features include 2 built-in page layouts with custom layout support, a detailed "Log Window", a "Live Connections" manager that lets you see everyone that is viewing your desktop live as well as disconnect any of those users, external file serving via the built-in web server, and an improved OS X dock menu. Spy 1.1 also adds the unique ability to list your Spy server on the Spy Tracker. [Classic, OSX"]
The next Bay Area InDesign User Group meeting is being held by the Art Institute of California, on Wednesday, July 9. The meeting will include discussion of color management in general, and how to get your monitor to match your printer. The guest speaker of the evening is Clark Omholt, a digital imaging and color management consultant with Rods and Cones, one of the nation's "leading color consulting firms."
Apple's future growth will be driven by the iPod--specifically with the release of the Windows version of iTunes at the end of this year, according to Charles Haddad of BusinessWeek Online: " The iPod has certainly saved Apple's bacon this year. While Mac sales have remained flat, the music player's have soared. Jobs & Co. sold 110,000 of its sleekly remodeled iPod in the first week after its January introduction. And it remains hot, with Apple's store in Manhattan's SOHO district, for instance, selling a reported 100 iPods a day. Last year the iPod already represented 51% of the digital-player market, according to IDC."
Mindlube Software has released Slacker ToDo Lists 2.1, an update to its to-do list, outliner, calendar and notepad software. The latest version adds a new notifications list window, URL and file link support, an improved "Find" tool, "Duplicate," "Append," "Insert," and "Child" commands in "Edit" command, and new export formats. The included documentation has also been improved. [Download - 1.2MB] Ilearnat.com today released Quick Pack, a productivity application bundle that includes QuickNotesX and QuickLauncherX -- two Mac OS X utilities. QuickNotesX is a notepad made accessible from the menu bar as well as adding the ability to turn on auto-hide and floating. QuickLauncherX is an application launcher that resides in the menu bar. The Quick Pack bundle is $10. [Download - 143KB] Following on the recent release of its ProjectForum workgroup collaboration software, CourseForum Technologies has released CourseForum 2.3, a major update to its $80 Web-based e-learning content creation, sharing and discussion solution. Major changes include new RSS feeds to easily track changes made within a course, appearance and layout enhancements to aid navigation, new formatting options, and better integration of student project areas. [Download - 1.0MB] iList Studio 1.2 is a significant update to the $40 multi-purpose database tool for Mac OS 9/X. Version 1.2 adds custom calculation support to iList Studio's reporting window and conditional editor. Multiple calculations can now be carried out in sequence on multiple record sets with one click. There are also major enhancements to iList Studio's file path support. [Download - 1.0MB] Directors NoteBook Software has released Directors NotePad. "Designed specifically with iLife users in mind," Directors NotePad is a 'lite' version of Directors NoteBook, the professional directors tool. Directors NotePad helps amateur film makers organize their ideas shot by shot, and view them on screen in slide show form and as printed lists organized in edit order, and in shot setup order. It prints 3x5 cards of your shots and can juggle them around to experiment with different story telling techniques, and see if any shots might be missing, or are now unnecessary to capture. It costs $30. ScrapX 1.2 is an update to the shareware scrapbook utility that adds the ability to search and sort using multiple criteria, a Dropbox view to which content can be dragged even when ScrapX is hidden, the ability to export individual items to files in any of the supported data formats, and the ability to play animated GIFs. Also included is improved viewing of multi-page items, and a redesigned preferences panel. Content of ScrapX scrapbooks can be text, images, movies, or sounds. [Download - 1.2MB] Added: EchoFX has released InterView 2.2.4 for Mac OS X. This latest release enhances performance and corrects a number of bugs. Version 2.2.4 offers full support for the Oculus Web-cam application. Audio synchronization during Preview mode has been significantly improved, the preview frame rate is about 50% higher, and artifacts in the preview window are reduced. The InterView For Mac OS X software supports the InterView USB analog video capture device, and is compatible with Mac OS X. [Download - link not available]
Cornea Systems today introduced a new flat-panel TFT-LCD monitor, the CT1704. This high-performance, 17-inch display is the newest member of Cornea Systems' new "Style" family of products, featuring "sleek, smart designs and unparalleled price/performance value." The CT1704 ($550) offers a 500:1 contrast ratio, a 160-degree viewing angle, and 1280x1024 resolution as well as a 20ms response time. It includes built-in 2-watt speakers, a detachable base and a VESA standard wall mount. The CT1904 ($800), also available from the company, features a 500:1 contrast ratio, a 170-degree viewing angle, 1280x1024 resolutionk and a 25ms response time as well as a DVI interfce. Both ship in a two-tone (silver/black) cabinet and feature a 3-year advance ship warranty.
Apple has launched a new "Refer a Friend" promotion for its .Mac service, offering 20% off a renewal membership if you sign up a friend (at least 31 days prior to account expiration) for Apple's Webservices. The discount is cumulative, so readers can receive a free membership when signing up 5 friends. Apple is offering predefined templates which users can send to friends with their own note.
Trolltech has unveiled QSA, its 'Qt Script for Applications' that provides a tightly integrated scripting interface for the Qt framework. Qt is an object-oriented, easily extensible C++ application framework. "Qt is well known in the open source world, and is a de facto standard on Linux," according to the developer. It supports Microsoft Windows, Linux, all major Unix variants, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt includes Qt Designer, a rapid application development tool and Qt Linguist, an internationalization tool.
The Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG) is holding the semi-annual computer hardware and software 'tabletop showcase' and “Swap Meet” on Saturday, July 19, 2003 (9:00 a.m.) at University of Houston. New and used hardware and software will be available as will some of Houston’s top Apple/Mac experts to answer questions. Admission is free; New members can join HAAUG for $45, while students can join for $20. Exhibit tables are available.
MacMice todat debuted Gperch, an aluminum desk stand for the Apple iPod. The GPerch is specifically styled and constructed to complement the appearance of Apple's new G5 Power Mac. Its outer frame is CNC laser cut to the same "handle" profile as the G5; and, the perforated aluminum cradle that holds the iPod is CNC punch perforated to match the front grille of the new Apple tower. The GPerch uses the same 5052 grade aluminum sheet, And is anodized with the same microplasmic surface finish as Apple's G5 case. "It accommodates all iPods, all iPod accessories, and all iPod cases," according to the developer. The GPerch will start shipping on July 15th, and is available for preorder now for $40.
Advanced Team Scheduler 6.7 ($32) is designed for organizing team sporting or game events. Using its wizard-like interface, it automates the season, tournament, league, match, round-robin schedules. It offers intelligent handling of constraints, double header games, new games per-week limits and off-week options, and inter-divisional auto conflict resolution. [Classic, OSX] iScreensaver Designer 3.1 is an update to the cross-platform screensaver editor that adds a new "Personal" license ($30), a new "Wizard", and a high-quality QuickTime graphics resizing algorithm. IZt can convert all QuickTime-compatible movies and pictures (including MPEG, MooV, AVI, Macromedia Flash, PICT, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, and dozens of other formats) into a self-contained screensaver with a one-click installer. [6.6MB] Radical Breeze has released Blaze 1.0, an easy-to-use application for burning CD's and DVD's and erasing re-writable media (such as CDRW discs). The update to the $20 utility adds support for burning ISO 9660 and Joliet file systems, improves the UI, displays the icons of files inside Blaze itself, and adds menu items for customizing the toolbar and displaying the new "Disc Info" drawer. [442KB] MonitorerX Pro 1.1 can "record all keystrokes and take screenshots secretly in the background. MonitorerX Pro allows you to monitor all users on one computer and view and organize all logs from within 1 single application." It can take screenshots at specified intervals or when certain keywords are typed by the user. Pricing starts at $30. [1.4MB] Chronos LC today released StickyBrain 2.0.2, a free upgrade to its flexible information management software. The upgrade includes improved integration with the Safari web browser, full double-byte text support for international languages and several other improvements and bug fixes. Chronos has expanded the "grab text" functionality to include the Safari, Netscape and OmniWeb. It is $40. [Classic, OS]
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives