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Kaydara ships MotionBuilder 5 for Mac OS X
Kaydara late last month began shipping MotionBuilder 5, the latest version of its powerful real-time 3D character animation software. Announced last July, it features a new innovative story timeline, a built-in clipart library, great file format support via Kaydara FBX and a simple 'drag and drop' approach to high-end animation. MotionBuilder's newstory timeline combines an independent shot, standard animation, character, camera, digital video, digital audio, constraint and command tracks with a powerful suite of editing controls and real-time performance. It is available now for Mac OS X for $1,000.
Forums: 2GHz G5 ships; 12\" PB ship dates; ..
There are several hot topics for discussion on the MacNN Forums today, including: Power Mac G5 dual-2GHz orders beginning to ship; speculation about future "speed bumps" or minor revisions of the Power Mac G5; order status for purchasers of the 12" PowerBook G4; the return of the Mac OS X 10.2.8 update; the latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther;" continued discussion in multiple threads about customization of the Mac OS X GUI.
Readers report more 12\" PowerBook delays
MacNN readers report continuing delays in 12" PowerBook orders, after we noted 2-week delays in late September: "A friend of mine ordered a 12" Powerbook in August, and it was supposed to ship in mid-September. When the new ones were announced, they upgraded her for free to the new model and moved her ship date to the 25th. Then on the 25th they moved her ship date to the 3rd of October. Today they moved her ship date to the 15th of October. She's getting really frustrated, and since I'm the one that converted her to Mac, I'm getting really frustrated, too. She really needs her Mac, and currently she's using a borrowed Vaio to do her work. The e-mail from Apple asked her to call them today."
RealCADD 3.50 gains new functions
RealCADD is a professional 2D CAD application that is easy to use, with "many features" at a "shareware price." Version 3.50 is faster, features 'hierarchized' objects, offers importation of Bitmap or Vectorial pictures, can find and replace text, and includes new drawing tools. Version 3.50 is a $20 update to the shareware application, which costs $95 for new users. It is compatible with Mac OS 9/X.
G5 \"SuperComputer\" Cluster photos posted
Photos of Virginia Tech's Terascale Cluster of G5 Macs are available again after being briefly posted last month. The $5.2 million project networks 1100 dual-processor 2GHz Power Mac G5s into a clustered supercomputer that will be used to perform research on nanoscale electronics, chemistry, aerodynamics, molecular statics, computational acoustics and molecular modeling, among other tasks. We first noted the SuperComputer project in early September.
Apple posts G5 version of Mac OS X 10.2.8
Apple today also posted a special G5 version of the Mac OS X 10.2.8 update, which fixes problems with waking from sleep with some PCI cards, iChat/AirPort compatibility, support for these third-party disc burners, support for Bluetooth and FireWire devices after waking from sleep, improved FireWire support, and improved modem support.
Tech: Yahoo Business IM; Sony PSX ...
Tech news: VeriSign said on Friday it would suspend its controversial new SiteFinder service that steers mistaken Web searches to its own page after the organization that oversees Internet policies demanded it do so; Yahoo has launched "Yahoo Business Messenger," an instant messaging product for corporations that integrates the popular WebEx virtual meeting software; the exportation of U.S. tech jobs overseas is a trend that's here to stay, according to Dell CEO Michael Dell; Sony said today it would unveil its all-in-one PSX game device to the public next week, which packs a TV tuner, DVD recorder, hard-disk drive, and the PlayStation 2 game player into a single white box; Microsoft faces a proposed class-action lawsuit in California based on the claim that its market-dominant software is overly vulnerable to viruses capable of triggering cascading failures.
Apple reposts Mac OS X 10.2.8 update
Apple has reposted Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update (Build 6R73) as well as the corresponding update for Mac OS X 10.2.8 Server and a special smaller update for those who had previously installed the original Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update, which was released briefly last week. Build 6R73 includes an updated Ethernet driver for 450MHz and 500MHz dual processor Power Mac G4 desktop systems and an update to the battery status menu. The original Mac OS X 10.2.8 update release was pulled by Apple due to various problems encountered by users.
Epson debuts Stylus CX5400 All-In-One
Epson last month introduced its Stylus CX5400, a triple function USB device that can be used as a scanner, printer and color copier. The Epson Stylus CX5400 prints documents and text at up to 22 ppm in black and up to 11 ppm in color and "also operates more quietly from start to finish than its predecessor" using its newly designed engine and mechanism. It offers frame-ready, borderless photographs at up to 5,760x1,440 optimized dpi using ultrafine three-picoliter ink droplets for sharp, vivid images. It also features an individual ink cartridge system, an integrated stand-alone color copier, and a built-in 1200x2400, 48-bit flatbed color scanner. It is available now for $150.
$3.2M deal brings iBooks to rural NC school
The Cox News Service has more details on the $3.2 million program to arm Greene schools with iBooks, which we noted more than a week ago: "Tim Cook, executive vice president of worldwide sales and operations for Apple Computers, visiting Thursday with Greene County officials and school board members, said the iBook laptops should be distributed by the middle of the month. Through a four-year lease agreement between Apple Computers and Greene County schools, about 1,800 students and 170 teachers will receive the computers. Piloted in Henrico County, Va., the program in Greene County is the first countywide iTech program in North Carolina, officials said."
Apps: MenuTunes, MacWise, WebCode...
iOrganize 5.0 ($20) adds support for multiple notepads to the organization tool for Mac OS X. Users can store and organize notes, ideas, text extracts and web links; it lets you quickly and easily store what you want with several special features for advanced users. [1.4MB]
My Favorite Things is a self-configuring launch utility that offers a system-wide menu to launch applications, websites, terminal commands, and your favorite email addresses. It is $18 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2. [519KB]
The $10 trialware MenuTunes offers a configurable system-wide frontend for controlling iTunes: "In addition to standard playback controls, MenuTunes can also change the repeat and shuffle modes, currently selected playlist, and even let you specify a rating for the currently playing track." [316KB]
WebCode 1.2 is a free HTML source code editor, offering file navigation, a notes area, a tag helper, find/replace functions, custom inserts, and other features. [1.1MB]
The MacWise 10.6 terminal utility emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals and also supports ANSI color and Esprit III color (in Wyse 370 mode). MacWise allows a Macintosh to be used as a terminal -- connected to a host computer directly, by modem, or over the Internet. The update has speed optimizations for Mac OS X. Upgrades are $50 to the $95 application. [2.0MB]
microSynth is a $20 standalone software synthesizer with "multitrack sequencing capability. It uses your Macintosh's keyboard as an input device, so you can play and compose music without connecting any outboards. [It] uses 'QuickTime Music Synthesizer' as its sound source by default, but also has a capability to load "SoundFont2" and "DLS" files." [971KB]
The Dantz Retrospect 5.1 SCSI Update will improve support for Retrospect with the latest SCSI Card drivers from ATTO and other vendors. This update requires Retrospect 5.1 and Mac OS 10.2 or later and is not compatible with Mac OS 9. [Retrospect, Express]
Apple to show Panther at London show
Apple will also be running a series of seminars, including a session on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, at London's annual print, visual communications and workflow event, Digital Solutions OnDemand, according to Macworld UK: "The presentations will take place in the dedicated Apple Theatre on each day of the exhibition that runs from October 21-23 at London ExCeL. The company will present Mac OS X, including the new features of Panther, at 10.30am each day. The other seminars will look at Apple hardware updates, specifically the PowerMac G5, at 12pm, and Xserve and Xserve RAID at 2.30pm."
Apple to host seminars at IfraExpo 2003
Apple will participate in IfraExpo 2003, the world's largest trade fair for publishing professionals. It takes place in Leipzig, Germany, from October 13-16. Apple will host a series of seminars aimed at journalists, editors and designers who are looking for robust, real-world solutions that will give them an advantage over the competition. Apple will also join The Digital Architecture Tour in Europe: "If you are an architect, 3D modelling or CAD professional, join us at the Hellenic Centre in London on October 31st and find out how you can improve your design workflow by embracing the very latest tools and technologies. Apple experts, along with representatives from Adobe, Abvent, RealVIZ and others will be on-hand to answer your questions."
NYT: Apple kybd/mouse are models of decorum
A New York Times article discusses adaptive frequency hopping technology in Apple's new Bluetoth wireless keyboard/mouse: although "some wireless devices are like rude houseguests, always interfering with other gadgets under the same roof.... Apple's new cordless keyboard and mouse are models of decorum, discreetly taking the measure of their environment and bending over backward not to get in the way."
Apple Mac OS X 10.3 \'Panther\" goes \'GM\'
Apple earlier this week declared "Panther", the next major release of Mac OS X 10.3, "Gold Master", according to several sources including AppleInsider and The Register. Several sources anticipate the release within the next 30 days, although Apple has only said it would the new OS by "the end of the year."
Apple releases DVD Studio Pro 2.0.2 update
Apple yesterday evening released DVD Studio Pro 2.0.2 Combined Update, which "includes DVD Studio Pro 2.0.1 and DVD Studio Pro 2.0.2 and is strongly recommended for all users of DVD Studio Pro 2. This update includes French, German and Japanese localizations as well as providing a number of other improvements. The DVD Studio Pro 2.0.2 update is the only update available for DVD Studio Pro 2." Users are required to enter a DVD Studio Pro serial number to download the update.
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