Numerology 1.2 is a modular MIDI sequencing and Audio Unit plugin host for Mac OS X. The latest release adds support for Audio Unit hosting, an LFO module, and extensive parameter modulation features. Numerology can now be used as a self-contained virtual studio for sequencing, synthesis, effects and mixing. Several enhancements have also been made to help new users get up to speed quickly, including new examples, an expanded demo mode, and updated documentation. Numerology is $70 for Mac OS X 10.2.5. [5.7MB]
Arboretum Systems has released HyperEngine-AV 1.2.1, its $150 multimedia editor that can combine seamlessly video, photos, sounds and text to create slide shows, family movies, and business presentations: "Media clips can be dragged and dropped, imported or captured in realtime from a FireWire DV camera, then freely arranged in the workspace to make movies. Realtime, editable transitions are automatically created when video clips are dragged on top of each other and over a dozen video effects are available and can be applied to any video clip. Audio clips can be edited, arranged, stacked, and processed to generate stunning soundtracks."
LaCie today released SilverKeeper v1.1, specifically designed to provide a simple backup solution for OS 9 and OS X Macintosh users. LaCie SilverKeeper says "the application takes the complexity out of backing up documents, video, photos, music, and graphics files. The software can be used with any storage device that will mount on a Macintosh desktop. In addition, SilverKeeper is included with all of LaCie's storage products." The free software for Mac OS 9/X features both scheduling and synchronization functions and can create bootable backups.
Evening tech news: A plan by Japan, China and South Korea to develop an operating system alternative to Microsoft's Windows software could raise concerns over fair competition, a Microsoft exec says; Hewlett-Packard, the world's No. 2 computer maker, probably will be broken up because it is being "squeezed" by International Business Machines Corp. and Dell Inc., according to Merrill Lynch & Co. analyst Steven Milunovich; stepping up its campaign against the Linux operating system, Microsoft on Thursday released file and Web serving benchmark results that, it claims, show that Linux on the mainframe lags behind Windows 2003.
Confirming an earlier MacNN report from July, Microsoft quietly announced the upcoming availability of Windows Media Player 9, which would bring the player to the same version as its Windows counterpart: "Coming Soon! Windows Media Player 9 Series for Mac OS X will deliver compatibility with 9 Series audio and video content." Windows Media Player for Mac 7.1 is currently available for Mac OS X.
SoftCare, developer of the K4 Publishing System for Adobe InDesign and InCopy, will exhibit at this year's IfraExpo from October 13th to 16th in Leipzig. At stand 4D231, SoftCare and five partner companies will show K4 as well as various production solutions surrounding K4. Sneak Previews will give visitors an idea of what to expect from the upcoming version of the popular editorial system. Improved XML support is one of the major new developments in the upcoming version. Text, image and ad objects can be tagged in InDesign to conveniently structure K4 articles.
Rayner today released Word Rage 2, the sequel to the popular Mac OS X word game. The new version features RageNet, an Internet-based registry of worldwide high scores. Gameplay is enhanced by the addition of three "Freebies" which can be used once per game. Sound has been added to the game as well. Word Rage 2: New Word Order is a challenging game of word guessing. Your goal is to guess as many five-letter words as possible, as quickly as you can. Every time you make a guess, the letters in your guess are color-coded to represent where they are in the actual word.
Big Nerd Ranch announced today Core Bootcamp, October 13-17, 2003. A $500 tuition discount will be given to any students who have purchased Core Mac OS X and Unix Programming, by authors Mark Dalrymple and Aaron Hillegass. For those with time constraints and specific development goals, Core Bootcamp offers a rigorous, distraction-free learning schedule, instructor assistance with designing your first project, and substantial discussion opportunities with instructors and classmates.
The SD Times has posted a first look at Xcode, Apple's upcoming set of developer tools: "Apple is doing wonderful things for programmer productivity.... Xcode is an IDE that appears similar to Visual Studio .NET. It has ample coding and project-management features and a near-infinitely configurable set of switches to condition the way the code is compiled and linked. Like VS.NET, Xcode supports the C, C++, Java and Objective-C general programming languages plus others specific to the operating system, such as AppleScript."
Blackmagic Design today debuted a new advanced QuickTime PCI capture card called Blackmagic DeckLink HD. The (G5-compatible) uncompressed 10-bit video PCI card that can do both standard definition SDI video, as well as full HDTV video formats. DeckLink HD can instantly be switched between SDTV SMPTE-259M SDI video and HDTV SMPTE-292M SDI video for 1080i/1080p/720p video editing and design. It features HD/SD-SDI video & audio input and output, as well as a Sony compatible RS422 serial deck control port. Also included is a second independent HD/SD-SDI output for video monitoring, and consumer digital audio SPDIF output for audio monitoring. It will ship in 3-4 weeks for $2,000.
Funatics Software gmbh and e.p.i.c. interactive today announced that RTS Northland for the Mac has gone gold and is on its way into duplication. Northland, which only very recently has been published for the PC, tells the story of Bjarni the Viking: "The story begins where the plot of 'Cultures 2 - The Gates of Asgard' ended. After perilous adventures our four heroes defeated the Midgard serpent and thus saved the world. " The $40 stand-alone adventure strategy game features a single player campaign with 8 missions including several sub missions and 3 difficulty levels.
Microspot Limited has announced the new combined digital media management, photo-editing and print utility package, Microspot Photo Tools CD for Mac OS X, which it is offering for a special introductory price of $80, saving over 50% off the boxed products sold separately. Microspot Photo Tools CD contains the recently updated applications PhotoXtra, PhotoFix and PrintmiX, offering a complete package for organizing, storing, editing and printing various types of digital images. The package also includes 100 royalty free images.
KB roundup: Apple says that the capital letter 'U' cannot be used in an an Open Firmware password (see How to Set up Open Firmware Password Protection); A host computer may experience a kernel panic when trying to mount an Xserve RAID volume if the journal on the server is not large enough; and Safari may not open a webpage because of too many redirects.
Stick Software's freeware Jiggler "keeps your Mac awake through those lengthy tasks when it would rather fall asleep, by jiggling your mouse periodically. No more having to open System Preferences to change your sleep time and your screensaver delay, only to have to change them back again at the end." [117KB] Authentic Sound Studio 2.0 ($50) is a digital recording, mixing and editing application. It features multitrack recording, 16-track mixing, live mixing, disk-based, non-destructive editing, frequency domain filtering and many effects. [2.2MB] Clipboard Printer ($13) is an expansion of the UNIX GUI utility called 'xclipboard' that allows users an quick and easy way of printing, managing, and saving to disk, multiple clipboards. It requires the Java Virtual Machine. [Classic, OSX] Mozilla Thunderbird 0.2 is a redesign of the Mozilla mail component designed using the XUL user interface language. It has a smaller code footprint, performance improvements, an improved default theme, improved spell checker, redesigned options, improved customization, and better stability. [11.1MB] CyTV 0.21 is a streaming solution for the elgato EyeTV USB tuner. It allows you to watch a video stream of the currently active channel over a wired or wireless network. The VideoLAN Client (VLC) media player is used to play the stream, so while the server has to be a Mac, the client can be pretty much any platform. [251KB] The $50 Mac OS X shareware BITcom Xnet 1.4.5 monitors local and remote servers and routers, sends out alerts if a server is going down, checks services and maximizes uptime. The shareware offers Web support, SMS for mobile phone alerts, user-specific service monitoring, and unlimited server monitoring. [481KB]
equinix has released APC Tracker 3.01, which described as a "Cocoa application for UPS devices in a network that powers specifically off Mac OS X and Xserve. It investigates the status of the UPS and will properly shut down the client computer once power gets interrupted." Version 3.0 adds email suport, network failure detection, shutdown on network timeout , support for custom scripts, syslog support, a client/server architecture, and simultaneous monitoring of multiple APC Tracker Servers. A single computer license is $130.
We've published two articles from Apple's corporate briefing with CFO Fred Anderson at the Smith Barney Citigroup Tech Conference. (Part 1, Part 2). It includes notes about Apple's retail segment, it's market focus, R&D, and other notes on the company.
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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