B&b Software has released three Mac OS X applications for FileMaker Pro: fmMailmergeX (FMM), a personalized emailer that supports the merging of data from FileMaker Pro databases with user-defined template letters; fmMailscanX (FMS), an application that enables the scanning of incoming email messages, the extraction of data and the writing of that datato a FileMaker Pro database; and fmWebtagsX (FWT), an application that supports the merging of data from FileMaker Pro databases with static web pages with custom embedded tags that point to specific data within a FileMaker Pro database, into web pages. Each is $50. [FMM, FMS, FWT]
Intelligent Assistance today announced new KILLER Titles: Intelligent Assistance for LiveType and Calligraphy, a complete coaching and knowledge tool for titles with Apple's LiveType and the Boris Calligraphy Generators. "KILLER Titles takes an improved approach: work through any of the 37 tutorials or learn with the user's own projects. While working on your own projects KILLER Titles delivers just-in-time, just-enough, coaching while you work." It is fully searchable, offering information in a unique floating interface. KILLER Titles ($75) ships with 25 fre effects for LiveType. It is available for $60 until the product ships at the end of the month.
YemuZip is a compression utility for the Mac that enables users to create ZIP files. YemuZip sports Yellow Mug's signature intuitive user interface, and it is free of charge for personal use. YemuZip does not perform unzipping, because "there are already numerous freely available unzip tools out there." [Download - 310KB] SiteOrbiter 2.0 ($18) enables you to "get familiar" with a Web site quickly and easily. The Web cartography tool enables the user to "gain insight into the structural components of a site." It includes the ability to graphically report broken or moved links, track changes to a site over time, download sites to the local disk, and more. Version 2.0 is a free update with new features. [Download - 990KB] Complete Apache 2 is "the easiest" way to install and setup an Apache 2 Web server on a Mac OS X system. Complete Apache 2 installs the standard Apache 2 software distribution and works "out of the box" with absolutely no configuration necessary. The software is distributed freely as a service to the community, but the developer accepts donations for apperceive users. [Download - 6.6MB] B&b Software has announced the release of its suite of three Mac OS X applications that complement and extend the popular database application FileMaker Pro. FmMailmergeX is a personal bulk emailer; fmMailscanX is an application that enables the scanning of incoming email messages; fmWebtagsX is an application that supports the merging of data from FileMaker Pro databases with static Web pages. All three are made with REALbasic. [Download - Merge; Scan; Tags] Stone Studio, a suite of graphic design and Web layout applications, was updated today. The latest version includes countless bug fixes to four of the ten applications. The developer recently launched a "July special" in which the suite can be purchased for $300. [Download - 26.2MB]
Kodak is preparing to launch its online photo-development service Ofoto in the UK and Europe, indicating that iPhoto's print-ordering feature may finally be made available to non-US users, says Macworld UK. Apple directs US iPhoto users to the Ofoto/Kodak service from within the print ordering feature of that application. "Sources close to Apple suggest the company has been seeking a pan-European deal to enable a photo print-service from within iPhoto here."
As of July 19th, the online Apple Store has lowered the prices of many Apple hardware items through its Educational Individual Purchase Program. Customers who have recently ordered affected items will be informed of the pricing changes, and their orders will be updated to reflect the change.
Feral Interactive announced today that its new real-time strategy game Warrior Kings for Mac ($50) is now finished. Warrior Kings for the Mac is now in production and will be shipping at the end of July. Warrior Kings is a medieval-fantasy 3D strategy game. "Seize the destiny of the young king Artos and immerse yourself into an epic adventure composed of 22 different missions with 3 different paths."
LaCie today introduced an array of storage peripherals designed by the team at Porsche Design. LaCie teamed up with the renowned design firm to deliver products that "combine modern form and crisp design." LaCieís new design will house a complete line of hard drives, ranging in capacity from 40GB to 250GB for your PC or Mac via USB 2.0 or FireWire. LaCieís CD-RW and DVD+/-RW drives will also be available in this unique design, featuring a mirrored door that opens.
REAL Software announced today its plans to support Linux in REALbasic 5.5, the next major upgrade to the cross-platform visual development environment. REALbasic enables developers to create native applications for multiple platforms from a single code base. REALbasic 5, currently shipping, creates applications for Windows and Macintosh from either platform. REALbasic 5.5 will add the ability to create Linux applications from Windows or Macintosh computers.
School Sleuth ($80) provides parents and home-seekers access to information on "the best" schools and communities in California. Using customized criteria according to preferences for demographic, school performance, and other data points, parents can use School Sleuth to filter through more than 13,000 public schools in California. [Download - 9.6MB] Snowmint Creative Solutions announced today the release of Budget 4.1 for Mac OS X. Budget is a powerful but simple personal finance tool. This release adds full support for credit cards, as well as Italian and French localizations. The update is available for free; registration for new users is $30. [Download - 2.4MB] Granted Software today released ReMIDI 1.0 ($15), a MIDI performance assistant that features automatic chord generation and arpeggiation. ReMIDI is a tool that enhances keyboard performance to by automatically changing notes into chords and chords into arpeggios or strums. A MIDI input device such as a MIDI keyboard and a MIDI sound generator are also needed. [Download - 833KB] Webby 1.1 is an application for storing Web site logins and passwords. Version 1.1 contains many enhancements and new features, including real-time searching (via the Filter feature), date format customization, login/password concealment, and numerous stability improvements and bug fixes. [Download - 1.46MB] CommuniGate Pro 4.1 is an Internet Messaging server application. It is based on the Internet Standards (RFCs) and has many features required for today's industrial-level messaging systems. Version 4.1 adds minor feature enhancements, and corrects a handful of bugs. [Download - 3.3MB]
Miglia Technology today announced the Alchemy FW 800 PCI card, a new FireWire/IEEE 1394b card with support for FireWire devices with transfer speeds up to 800 Mbps (under Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later). The card features the latest Texas Instrument chipset as well as dual connectivity: two of the three FireWire ports offer the new 9-pin standard, while the remaining port uses the 'old-style' 6-pin connector. The Alchemy FW 800 PCI will ship in the first week of August for $100. The product carries a full 2 year RTB warranty. All ports function as standard FireWire ports under Mac OS 9.
MagniComp today released SysInfo 5.0, its popular product for providing IT personnel with comprehensive system information for most major UNIX and Linux platforms. Version 5.0 offers support for Mac OS X, remote access to all SysInfo data, and significant new classes of available data including: the new License Information class reports on Macrovision's FLEXlm software licenses found on a system, the new Network Information class which provides detailed information on a system's network configuration including DNS and NIS, and the new Network Interface class which provides highly detailed information about physical and virtual network interfaces on a system. Pricing starts at $12 for a system with 1-4 CPUs.
MacNN reader Andrew Mays notes that CDBaby has officially inked a deal with Apple to distribute Indie music to online digital stores, such as Apple's iTunes Music Store, Listen.com, and others: "It costs $35 to join CDBaby, a one time fee of $40 dollars to sign up for electronic distribution, plus $20 for a UPC code which I needed anyway. This is huge for small labels like the one I'm running!"
Soft Solutions has announced 4-Sight Fax 5.1, an update to its fax server for Mac OS X. Users can now send a fax to both fax numbers and e-mail addresses through a single interface, It also offers a new Fax Preview feature, similar to a thumbnail view, allows users to preview incoming faxes and a new enhanced Fax Composer. The updated fax server offers more printing options as well as simplified dialing and archiving options and support for new Class 2 USB modems. It will be available for Mac OS 9/X as separate fax server products (without Mac OS 8 server support). A public beta is due in August. It will be a paid update, however, pricing was not available.
The Knight Ridder News Service reports that Ads haven't boosted Apple market share, referring to Apple's Switcher campaign it began last year: "With a year's worth of sales numbers under their belts, three major market research firms show roughly the same thing ó Cupertino-based Apple is holding its ground, but the only PC company attracting a lot of switchers is Dell Computer... Research firms Gartner Dataquest and IDC show Dell climbing from about 15 percent of the worldwide PC market last summer to 17 percent this spring. Hewlett-Packard was a close second with about 16 percent. Apple stayed between 2 percent and 3 percent."
Yarra Valley Software has launched iMagine, a unique image processing tool for Mac OS X, which enables users to fully automate workflow for 2D graphics and the processing of digital image files. iMagine adds imaging and drawing functionality to AppleScript, providing numerous drawing commands and many image importing, exporting, manipulating and processing commands. For non-coders, iMagine comes with a library of AppleScript Droplets and AppleScript Studio applications to exploit some of iMagine's core features. A single user license is $50.
Ars Technica has an interview with IBM engineers, offering some more insight into the technical details of the new PowerPC "G5" 970 processor, which is expected to ship in Apple's newest Power Macs next month. The article notes that IBM chose to base the 970's "AltiVec" unit on the older G4-style unit rather than the revised vector unit found in the more recent G4e processor.
CourseForum Technologies has released ProjectForum 2.4 and CourseForum 2.4, allowing groups of people to work together with each other, whether in a business or educational context. These 100% web-based products support a "flexible but powerful Wiki-like style of collaboration, yet can be installed and learned in minutes." Version 2.4 brings a host of improvements throughout both programs, including the addition of several new customization and administrative features. Pricing starts at $80. The company is currently running a 2-for-1 license promotion, which ends this month.
Realviz will introduce MatchMover Professional 3.0, the latest version of its automatic tracking software, at Siggraph 2003. Version 3.0, expected to ship in late Summer 2003 for Mac OS X (as well as Linux and Windows), offers the handling of motion control data, 3D object model-based tracking, 3D tracking of cameras and multiple objects in the same session, handling of survey points, a new graph editor toolbox, and motion capture. Realviz also said it would begin a short-term rental program, starting for 30 days for $2,000. Full licenses are $7,500.
Sillysoft has released Lux 2.4, an update to its world domination game Lux. This version improves card support over network play and has a nicer Join Game window. Based on the gameplay of the boardgame Risk, Lux supports over a billion different worlds. [2.8MB] OIDS.X ($20 shareware) is a remake of a classic fast-paced action/arcade style game. It is optimized for Mac OS X, using OpenGL for graphics, offering support for Keyboard and USB Game controllers, and other enhancements. [7.9MB] miXscope 1.3 enables the QX3/QX3+ USB Computer Microscope from Intel Play and Digital Blue. The software allows you to capture images, create time-lapse QuickTime movies, and add a text comment and/or time stamp to the image or movie. It adds functions to reset the QX3, the ability to copy the current live view image to the system clipboard, new sliders to the Advanced drawer to control the Red, Green, and Blue gains of the QX3, and other changes. [295KB] Black Cat Systems' Morse Mania 2.5.0 adds Applescript support, allowing it to be used in an automated fashion to send morse code from other applications. This version also adds the ability to change the frequency (tone) of the generated audio, as well as several bug fixes. Morse Mania is a $20 shareware morse code tutor for the Macintosh. [Classic, OSX] dot software has released Cookie Muncher 1.0.5, an update to its cookie manager that deletes in one of five browsers (Camino, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla, and OmniWeb). It can search for cookies by domain and set cookies when you login to your Mac OS X user account as well edit/view cookie values. [1.3MB] Virtual Speaker 1.2.1 is a "KEXT (kernel extension) for Mac OS 10.2 [that] fixes problems with the handling of sound on the Apple G4 Cube when the external USB speakers are not connected... This extension will run on any model of hardware, and may prove useful for any model without a built in sound device." [94KB]
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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,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†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
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe