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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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