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Updated TinkerTool apps for Mac OS X
Marcel Bresink has released TinkerTool System 1.0 (TTS), a €7 shareware "similar to System Preferences. It allows you to change advanced operating system settings and gives access to internal maintenance features built into Mac OS X." It allows users to run periodic system maintenance scripts, reset permissions on system files, delete system caches, enable Quartz Extreme for some unsupported graphics cards, customized energy saver values for drives and much more. TinkerTool 3.0 (TT3) is completely rewritten version of the freeware application that offers access to many hidden system functions, including bookmark transfers between browsers, custom system fonts, custom keyboard commands for menu items, and many other options. [TTS, TT3]
NI debuts Intakt, Komplete; updates Kontakt
At the AES Convention in New York, Native Instruments made several announcements, including unveiling Intakt, its new loop sampler with beat slicing, time stretching and an enormous loop library; NI Komplete, its comprehensive package including nine NI products; Kontakt 1.5, a major update bringing Beat Slicing, a new Time Machine and Mac OS X Support to NI's full-feature sampler; and Traktor DJ Studio 2.5, its the professional DJ software offering real-time pitch shifting and time stretching. In addition NI announced new partnerships with Sibelius and Berklee College of Music.
Matador Records adds music to Apple\'s iTMS
New York-based independent label Matador Records has announced that "major chunks" of its music catalog -- as well as new releases -- are available beginning now at Apple's iTunes Music Store. "Until now, no independent labels have been represented. At an a la carte price of $0.99 per song or for $9.99 for an entire album, cultured music fans in the U.S. can download AAC files of tracks by Interpol, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Stephen Malkmus, Mogwai, Guided By Voices, Pretty Girls Make Graves and countless others." Matador says it will be adding more new releases and catalog titles every week and hopes to make exclusive materials available as well.
BBC video news report on VT supercomputer
A MacNN reader writes: "Mac users won a small victory this week after the BBC had discontinued its RealMedia stream of its popular Click Online technology show. The decision threatened to excluded the Mac faithful who are unable to view the latest Windows Media 9 stream. Thankfully the BBC has relented following an outcry and is again offering the RealMedia stream. This week's show is of great interest to Mac users as it covers 64-bit computing and the Virginia Tech's G5 super-computer." [Real Video link]
Migration to OS X yields productivity payoff
Infoworld's migration project to Mac OS X had some initial problems with Windows file/print services using Samba and mail service issues with Sendmail/Postfix, but there was an "ultimate productivity payoff" with Mac OS X's Aqua interface/environment: "What surprised me is that as I opened each of the windows I planned to use, I didn't feel the need to close others to keep things 'clean.' It isn't a question of real estate or performance or capacity. It's subjective, and I haven't found a way to explain it to myself much less express it here."
Forums: Toast 6, FileVault, Unix apps...
Forums Roundup:: Readers are discussing the speed of Toast 6 compared with older versions; the best speaker system for the G5; Panther's new FileVault feature that encrypts data on-the-fly (and in the background); whether some new PowerBook owners qualify for Apple's Mac OS X Up-to-Date program; whether the 'pf' networking utility is available for Darwin/Mac OS X; the status of Fink on Panther; using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac OS X vs Virtual PC and other options; and white spots on the new 15-inch Aluminum PowerBooks.
Apple Store coming to Marlton, New Jersey
Following our reports of an upcoming store in the Portland-area and a second retail store in Georgia, MacNN readers note that Apple upcoming store in Marlton, New Jersey, noted here in July 2003, is now listed on The Promenade website ("A Unique Collection of Shops...a collection of unique upscale stores, situated in an open-air shopping experience. The Promenade is a "lifestyle" center.") It is listed as "coming soon" under A-16 in the Business Directory.
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