LaCie has introduced a new lightweight, ultra-portable DVD±RW drive designed by Porsche Design GmbH. The all-in-one drive combines four DVD formats in a slender, hand-held device and is equipped with FireWire (bus-powered) or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface. LaCie is also shipping its Slim Combo CD-RW Drive ($160) with fast Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection, 24x write speed, and an MPEG-2 decoder for viewing DVD-Video discs. The LaCie Slim DVD±RW Drive is available in USB 2.0 version for $350 and a FireWire version for $370. The FireWire version ships with CaptyDVD DVD authoring software and Toast Lite for Mac. They are expected to ship at the end of the month.
Dr. Bott Sarl (France), a third new branch of Dr. Bott to serve Mac resellers, will be debut at the Apple Expo SendStation's PocketDock (connect a 3G docking port to any 6-pin FireWire cable), Dr. Bott TiCase17, ExtendAir Direct (European version of its AirPort Extreme antenna that extends its range 150m), and TEN Technology's naviPod (5-button infrared remote control and a receiver unit; pictured at right).
LaCie announced today it will begin shipping in September its Mobile Hard Drive, designed by F.A. Porsche. It is designed for people on the go, offering a durable and stylish enclosure with up to 80GB of storage. The bus-powered drives are available in capacities up to 80GB. The USB 2.0 version is available in 20GB ($130), 40GB ($180), and 80GB ($340), while the FireWire version is available in the same capacities for $140, $190, and $250, respectively and includes both a FireWire 6-pin to 6-pin cable and an iLink 6-pin to 4-pin certified cable as well as a USB power sharing adapter cable for non-powered IEEE1394 bus equipped computers.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is scheduled to give a keynote presentation tomorrow at 8 a.m. GMT to start off the Apple Expo in Paris, amidst rumors that he may introduce new PowerBook models. Stay tuned to MacNN for coverage of Apple Expo, and be sure to visit the MacNN Forums and IRC Chat for the latest discussion.
Digital Media Net and Profound Effects are giving away two free plug-ins to all DMN Forums registered users, My DMN subscribers and DMN Stock Resources subscribers. The Create Bullnose Mask plug-in lets you create a rounded rectangular mask (sometimes known as a bull-nosed matte) on video or solid layers; Transfer for Avid editing systems allows you to composite video tracks using transfer modes.
Duplica 2.1 allows QuarkXPress 6 users to sample some or all attributes of characters, paragraphs, pictures, boxes, lines and pages and apply them to other elements in the same or another document, without altering the contents of the Clipboard. [Download - form] DivX Tool is a program for Mac OS X that allows you to check and repair common problems with AVI files, specifically DivX. Version 2 beta 6 fixes an error in reindex, and addresses a bug with the logging code. The update also removes debug output in the reindex function. [Download - 71KB] FM2AB ($10) is a new utility that enables users to convert FileMaker address lists into Apple Address Book entries. It is a companion utility to AB2FM, which performs the opposite function. [Download - 48KB] PrefsMenu 1.1 is an update to the utility that adds a menu to right side of the menubar allowing easy access to System Preferences. Version 1.1 features a new icon, can sort by group, offers improved performance, displays a welcome message, and includes bug fixes. [Download - 65KB] i4Colour allows users to preview what colour schemes will look like on a Web page, in real time. "No more running back and forth between your HTML editor and colour management utilities." i4Colour takes your base colour and sets up an entire colour scheme around it. From there, users can perform customizations. [Download - 1.2MB]
Smith Barney analyst Rich Gardner recent share price strength is prompting him to move AAPL to the new system's lowest rating ("sell") from the old systems middle rating ("in-line"): "Gardner noted that the new system eliminates industry ratings and reflect risk-adjusted total expected return, and therefore the ratings no longer reflect expectations of performance relative to a company's peers." Gardner also cut HP and Seagate ratings.
Scandanvian MUG 99mac.com has posted a gallery of pre-show images from the Apple Expo floor in Paris, including sneak preview pictures of Apple's "well-guarded" booth: "We have images of the Apple booth, guarded by nine well-grown security guards. The booth has a traditional design with a lot of PowerMac G5, iMacs and eMacs. But there are one big exception from the traditional booth design. There are no portable computers in the booth and the walls are covered with huge black covers. This indicates that Apple will release new portable devices tomorrow. The next interesting thing is the big locked steel containers in the Apple booth. They are locked, guarded and we couldn't get inside the boxes, with shipping bills from Cupertino."
Waterfall Software today has released iVideo 1.0, which organizes, manages, and plays movies: "iVideo makes watching your videos a snap. Simply double-click a movie in the list and hit play. Its that simple. Stop using folders to organize movies, iVideo can create albums on the fly, letting you organize your whole video library. Even create "Smart" Albums, which automatically fill themselves with the movies you choose. Whether you keep home videos, movie trailers, or other videos, iVideo can keep them all separate and organized." It is $17 shareware and runs on Mac OS X only.
Following the introduction of its Graphire3 pen tablets, Wacom today reduced the price of its popular Intuos2 6x8 Platinum professional pen tablet to $300 ($50 reduction). Intuos2 tablets offer Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free pen technology. Bundled software includes: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 (Intuos2 4x5 and 6x8 models only), Corel's Painter Classic, penPalette, and Wacom Brushes 1.0. The Intuos2 Midnight 6x8 and serial models prices remain unchanged.
On Tuesday at Apple Expo in Paris, DaimlerChrysler's smart brand will present a special edition of the smart city coupé called the i-move which has an Apple iPod integrated, according to Panoramas.dk, which offers a full-screen QTVR of the car with the integrated iPod.
DataViz today announced Documents To Go Premium Edition 6, which brings native file support for Microsoft Word and Excel documents for seamlessly opening, copying, and sending MS Word/Excel documents. Other new features include a new user interface on the desktop and handheld, the ability to use password-protected files, and language tools such as spell-check and word count. It also offers enhanced expansion card support to add files directly to expansion cards and now synchronizes e-mail with attachments. Upgrades to the $50 application are $30. It is available now from the company's website and will be available next month in retail stores.
Newsweek reports that Apple expects to release iTunes for Windows next month: "Apple has quietly informed some music insiders that it’s moved up the date for expanding its current Mac-only iTunes for the vast universe of Windows-based PCs to mid-October," as it discusses the recent lawsuits by the record companies against individuals and the future of music: "Technology is creating new markets for music as well. The music giants are banking on an exploding U.S. market for dialing up music on cell phones—in effect, you would use your phone as a portable player. It’s already a multibillion-dollar business in Europe and Japan."
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 3.5, a free upgrade to its $8- desktop e-mail merge software. It offers HTMl optimizations, bounce targetting, improved FileMaker integration, Address Book import, support for Panther, an improved database engine, and other improvements. [Classic, OSX] The $12 shareware TrashLater X 3.1 is a folder management application that watches folders for files that have not been modified during a certain time period and subsequently move those files into the trash as well as a user-defined folder. [455KB] The open-source, Java-based Myster Public Release 7 adds multisource (swarm) downloading, file hashing, server uptime display, clickable web banners, performance improvements, and other bug fixes to the cross-platform file sharing application. [988KB] Informator 1.0 is a $30 system utility that offes detailed image information on files, including IPTC Data, Exif Digital camera data, QuickTime Movie annotations, etc.; displays huge previews, offers text editing, and offers batch file functions for renaming, adding icons, or changing permissions. [3.5MB] Stefan Huber's Geo3D is a standalone 3D Metafile (3DMF) viewer with many navigation (and some editing and animation) features. Geo3D X 2.2d3 is the first Mac OS X native public version. It relies on the open source 3D graphic library Quesa. [Classic, OSX] MacXM 1.8 is a Java/Cocoa application for controlling the XMPCR XM satellite radio. It requires "a Mac with Jaguar or better, an XMPCR (obviously), and the appropriate driver from FTDI for the USB-to-serial chip inside the XMPCR (you want the FT232 / FT245 driver for Mac OS X)." [188KB]
Wired News has a round up of the AppleLore gathering over the weekend, which attracted more than 1,300 ex-Apple employees to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California: "The event was both a reunion and an opportunity for the museum to gather stories from veteran employees. Not surprisingly, many of the stories told during the evening revolved around Steve Jobs, the charismatic co-founder of the company...Also not surprising were the many stories about Jobs as a demanding and hot-tempered leader."
Thomson ISI ResearchSoft has announced a Mac OS X version of its new visualization tool for the researcher's desktop: "RefViz provides users with a powerful way to explore reference literature visually for major themes and topics. References can be moved easily between RefViz and any of the ISI ResearchSoft products—EndNote, ProCite and Reference Manager-to publish results faster. 'Using text analysis and visualization in concert with bibliographic software helps researchers evaluate vast amounts of references used for managing projects and publishing.'" The $300 application is currently available for Windows.
Bitstream today released 500 exclusive, "fun, and edgy designs" from its new BTN ('Breaking the Norm') typeface library. The mix includes display and headline fonts (Apple Boy, Cinema Gothic, Combat, Dark Half, Exotic Island, Nightclub, Platinum Beat); extended font families (Air Flow, Backtalk, Big Chump, Calamity Teen, Candy, Java Kick, Pie Contest); handwriting and casual fonts (Annie, Aundee, Galeforce, Heather, Holiday Springs, Ocalla Hand); and Pi and symbol fonts (Carver Jack, Heart Breaker, Li'l Tipsy, Retro Starstruck). The fonts are available in OpenType, TrueType, and PostScript Type 1 formats.
Elgato today announced a new version of its EyeTV software at Apple Expo in Paris. The free update, expected later this week, will provide integration with Roxio's Toast 6 Titanium to easily convert EyeTV recorded videos into DVDs and also adds support for the new program guide TVTV by FAST TV Server AG. The USB-based EyeTV digital video recorder device ($200) allows uses to automatically record any TV program, watch/pause live TV, skip commercials, archive video on to CD/DVD, and convert camcorder, VHS, or any other analog video.
WiebeTech today introduced its Forensic800 Case and its companion ForensicUSB2 Case, "the world's first" forensic readers featuring FireWire 800 and USB2: "Forensic Case allows users to capture evidence in the field much more quickly using either FireWire 800 or USB 2.0 interfaces. It also fully supports legacy FireWire 400 and USB interfaces,‰ said James Wiebe, CEO of WiebeTech." The Forensic Case can also convert between field mode (with protective drive cover removed) and office mode (with protective cover attached) in less than 60 seconds. The $450 FireWire version features a single FireWire 800 port as well as 2 standard FireWire ports--all of which are write-blocked. The USB 2.0 version is $400.
appMac today released updates to three of its popular Mac OS X applications, including sVideo Monitor 3.0, its $60 webcam utility that supports live monitoring of up to 6 webcams (USB and/or FireWire), motion detection, webcam sharing via the Web, etc. appMac's xTime Project 1.2 ($130), its project management application that integrates with iCal and Address Book, has been updated with performance improvements, G5-optimizations, an improved interface, and better reporting functions. Finally, its $60 email utility with HTML support, sMailing 4.6, offers Panther support, speed improvements, and an updated GUI. [sVM, xTP, sM]
SubRosaSoft's DiskGuardian 2.1 is a free update to its collection of drive tools that integrates SMART monitoring, HFS+ journaling, volume repair, surface scanning, hardware integrity checking, bench-testing, backup/restore, and online reporting. Version 2.1 includes a menu command to search for disks that were not mounted (even those that are not mountable). In addition to drive repair, a user can now backup an unmounted drive as well as perform a surface scan to help diagnose the cause. It is $70 with competitive upgrades priced at $55.
Server Logistics has released Complete MySQL 4.015, which it says is "intended to be a thorough and easy to use MySQL software distribution for Mac OS X." The free package offers a "double-clickable" simple install--built with threads, OpenSSL, and InnoDB support. It also installs a Preference Pane that allows you to control the MySQL server, current binary releases of ODBC and JDBC drivers and a 16-page Install Guide. (The MySQL website also has pre-built v4.015 installer-only for Mac OS X.)
Early morning tech: Microsoft software will power a series of new Motorola smart phones, which will allow users to manage/sync personal info, browse the Web, download/listen to digital music and view video clips; The 'Patriot Act II' seeks broad new authority to allow federal agents to demand private records and compel testimony without the approval of a judge or even a federal prosecutor; PureTracks is essentially a Windows version of iTunes, which will launch this fall with about 250,000 songs from each five of the major labels as well as independent Canadian labels; Universal Music will slash the wholesale price of its CDs by nearly a third, effective Oct. 1.
Boris FX last week announced Boris Red 3GL, a new software tool designed for broadcast-quality features, such as titling, effects, compositing and 3D from within nonlinear editing systems. Boris FX also began shipping Boris Continuum Basics, its collection of over 30 filters that integrate with Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects to create effects instantly inside a nonlinear editing environment.
DeVoeSquared has released the Rendezvous-enabled PowerCard 1.0 ($60) is described as "a new revolution in project management software. Instead of managing your project through trees and lists of data. You use an innovative and intuitive 'task card'-based interface, where you write cards that represent the tasks you need to accomplish, and slide them around to organize them appropriately." It includes Gantt charts and will in the future support PERT charts and other reporting mechanisms, according to the developer.
At his IBC Keynote, Apple's Phil Schiller offered a sneak preview of a pre-release version of Final Cut Pro 4 optimized for the Power Mac G5 as well as demos of Shake 3 and DVD Studio Pro: "some 500 excited visitors made the short walk from the RAI exhibition centre to the Okura Hotel to attend a keynote speech by Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. Schiller used the occasion to demonstrate Apple’s suite of professional post-production software applications, and to re-assert the company’s ongoing commitment to the professional creative markets."
Wacom today introduced its new Graphire3 pen tablets, which are available in three attractive colors (Sapphire Blue, Pearl White, and Graphite Gray) and, for the first time, a choice of sizes (either 4"x5" or the new 6"x8" active areas). It bundles a cordless pen with 512 levels of pressure sensitivity and a cordless, scroll-wheel mouse along with photo enhancement software as well as digital drawing and painting tools. In addition, the Graphire3 pen ties into Mac OS X's Inkwell handwriting and inking capabilities.
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French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
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]