Apago today released Pheon, its $1000 Mac OS X conversion application that can convert from TIFF/IT, Creo Brisque, copydot, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF formats to PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, EPS, DCS, JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats. It also provides a full-featured image viewer that supports common formats as well as complex formats such as TIFF/IT-P1 and Brisque native LW+CT files. The viewer provides spot color simulation and separation previews along with an eyedropper tool and rulers for precise inspection. It also offers batch-processing functions.
The way to go after illegal file sharing services is to compete with them, says Peter Lowe, Apple's Director of Marketing for Applications and Services. This can be done by offering quality and speed that is greater than that of file-swapping services, Lowe says. In the view of Apple, people use these services because they are quick, not because they are free. Lowe also stated that "we fundamentally believe subscriptions are the wrong path," because "that's not what consumers are doing offline [when they buy music]."
Pictographics' iCorrect EditLab 4.0 offers professional quality color correction with a unique AutoQueue function correcting multiple photos. iCorrect offers color balance, white/black point, brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue selective editing functions. It includes special alogrithms for corrrecting colors such as sky blue, foliage green, and skin tones and includes TIFF, TIFF/LZW, JPEG, and BMP support. It runs on Mac OS 9/X and is for $60 ($20 off) for a limited time.
FirewireDirect has begun shipping its StingRay 800, a dual-interface USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 3.5" desktop hard drive. The StingRay 800 is FirewireDirect's first storage offering available in up to 320GB capacities: "Most users will see sustained reads of over 50MB/s and writes of over 40MB/s." Pricing for the enclosure starts at $140.
Deep Sky has released BASh 1.8.5, an update to its 4th Dimension component, which provides a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, and encoding and cryptography routines and other functions. Version 1.8.5 contains 24 new methods and a whole new module of code. [Download - 6.6MB] Unsanity has released FruitMenu 3.1.1, an update to its $10 Mac OS X 'haxie' for Apple Menu customization. The new version includes a German localization and a few bug fixes. FruitMenu's visual editor can customize the contents of the Apple Menu and contextual menus for easier file navigation and launching. [Download - 1.1MB] ActiveDeveloper 2.14 is a maintenance update to the incremental Objective-C & C IDE, JIT compiler and debugger. In addition to Cocoa, version 2.14 now also supports developing QuickTime apps in Objective-C and includes an updated user guide Licensing starts at $50. [Download - form] Runtime Revolution's Revolution 2.0.2 is a free maintenance update to its multi-platform software development environment. The update offers improved database library access, distribution builder, script editor, and stability improvements. Pricing starts at $75 for a limited time. [Download - 13.3MB] Dantz has released Retrospect Driver Update 4.0103 for Retrospect 5.1, which adds support Certance/Seagate DAT72, Pioneer DVR-105 (Apple version), Pioneer DVR-106, and three other Tandberg drives. It also includes improved support for Sony's DRU-500A optical drive and improved tape library support. [busy server] IGG Software has released iWork 1.4, an update to its intuitive time-billing and invoicing application. New features include completely customizable invoice templates, a drop down menu for quickly adding work events and some UI changes as well as bug fixes. iWork costs $25. [Download - 3.2MB]
Canon today unveiled two new dual-function camcorders, the Optura 300 and the Optura Xi - capture vibrant video or still images, which can then be directly printed on any PictBridge-enabled photo printer. Canon's mini DV Camcorders offer a 10x or 11x optical zoom and a 200x and 220x digital zoom, respectively as well as a 2.0 megapixel CCD.
Last week Buy.com tried to burst into the online music sales scene, taking cues from Apple's successful iTunes Music Store. Like iTunes, it features no monthly subscription fees and charges a small fee to download a song.
Sonnet today introduced Encore/ST G4 1.4 GHz, its fastest upgrade card for the Power Mac G4. It utilizes the 745X series of Motorola G4 chips, has 2MB DDR (Double Data Rate) L3 backside cache, and delivers processor performance of up to four times that of the original system. The Encore/ST line also includes upgrades with speeds of 800MHz, 1.0GHz, and 1.2GHz. All models are compatible with many G4 systems that employ AGP graphics. The Encore/ST G4 1.4GHz is priced at $600; the $60 Cube Dealer Installation Kit will be available "soon".
Iconfactory's "New Icon Tuesdays" offers Clipper System, a set of freeware system replacement icons from resident artist, Gedeon Maheux. Clipper contains over 80 all-new icons for use with CandyBar, our popular system icon utility for Mac OS X. Clipper's icons are simple and clean with open/drop states included for all folder icons. It is available as Mac OS X, and Win XP icons or as an easy-to-use iContainer for use with CandyBar and the newly released Pixadex.
NewTek previewed LightWave 3D  at SIGGRAPH 2003 and also announced that NewTek's LightWave was the winner of a 2003 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award. LightWave combines a state-of-the-art photo-real renderer with intuitive and powerful modeling and animation tools to create a 3D production solution for broadcast graphics, games, print, web, and visual effects for film and television. Version 8, due later this year, offers enhancements in dynamics, character animation, modeling workflow, animation workflow, and texturing tools.
Alias Systems announced today the launch of new Maya 'Learning Tools' books and DVDs. Over 75 Learning Tools are now available, including a new DVD series for beginners looking familiarize themselves with the recently-released Maya 5. There are also Maya 5 books for intermediate artists, and new techniques DVDs for advanced users. Prices range from $20 to $130 for training materials; prices of Maya 5 books have been reduced to $60 from $80.
Fuji Photo Film today announced its flagship FinePix S7000, a 6 megapixel camera that offers "the highest" resolution image files available to consumers. Other new cameras from the company include the FinePix S5000 ($500) with 10x optical zoom, the FinePix A310 ($300) with its advanced CCD, and two new digital cameras for consumers--the 2.1MP FinePix A205 ($280) and the 3.2MP FinePix A210 ($300). The FinePix S7000 ($800) will ship in October, while the others are expected to be available next month.
MadsonLine today announced the Neoprene iPod Jogging Pack, a hip-pack for convenient storage of Apple's popular MP3 player. The lightweight neoprene construction offers compatibility with all iPod models iPods and includes a velcro strap to hold iPod securely in place: "The iPod Jogging Pack is designed with active people in mind. Ideal for everyone from the casual walker to the serious athlete." It is available for a special introductory price of $30 (regularly $40).
Mozilla Thunderbird is a redesign of the Mozilla mail component: "Our goal is to produce a cross platform stand alone mail application using the XUL user interface language. Our intended customer is someone who uses [a stand alone browser] as his primary browser and wants a mail client based on Mozilla that 'plays nice' with the browser." [11MB] Intaglio 1.5 is an update to the Mac OS X drawing and illustration application by Purgatory Design. It adds the ability to bind text to a graphics path and fixes a few bugs. Intaglio is available for an introductory price of $60 until August 1st and will be $90 thereafter. [1.5MB] Wild Bits has released Ask the DJ 1.3, an update to the sophisticated mix engine which analyses the music's rhythm to perform DJ-like transitions between tracks. Version 1.3 handles AAC protected (".m4p") files from the Music Store and can index FAT (MS-DOS) volumes, such as iPods. The $30 shareware runs on Mac OS X. [1.1MB] AB2FM 1.1 is a tool that automatically imports all records of the Apple Address Book into a FileMaker-file. It is free for personal use, but requires a $5 license for full access. [32KB] Manyetas has released Ritmo 1.0.3, a new free update to its $25 streamlined drum sampler AudioUnit. It can now select the audio device on which sample auditions will be heard as well as handles the master volume and all notes off MIDI controllers and MIDI pitch bend. [3.4MB] MacFamilyTree 3.6b7, now in beta, helps document, store, and display information about your family. Users can draw and print family trees, lists, cards, heritage charts, descendant charts and genograms as well as include multiple partners and people in same sex relationships. The $25 application runs on Mac OS 9/X. [1.5MB]
Tenon today released iTools 7.1, adding the ability to support either Apache 2 or Apache 1.3 to its Web server configuration application. It now allows administrators to now toggle back to Apache 1.3 for FileMaker Web Connectorsupport and includes Apache 2.0.47, PHP 4.3.2, phpMyAdmin 2.5.1 and MySQL 4.0.13. Other changes include: an improved interface, disk quotas for ftp users, new web log reports, and easier MySQL set-up. Existing Apache settings are also now imported automatically. It is a free update to the $350 application.
Uwe Gohlke Software has released ES-Backup 3.2, which offers data backup and archiving solution for HELIOS publishing servers as an HELIOS independant version. It brings HFS+ support for Mac OS X computers, barcode support in tape changers, faster backup and restore as well as software write-protection and recycling of tapes. The new script implementation allows to run customizable commands before and after backup and restore jobs. SCSI and FireWire tape changers and tape drives such as AIT, DLT, SLR and VXA as well as backup to hard drives are all supported.
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US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB