Marcel Bresink has released TinkerTool System 1.0 (TTS), a Ä7 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]
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.
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.
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]
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 didnít feel the need to close others to keep things 'clean.' It isnít a question of real estate or performance or capacity. Itís subjective, and I havenít found a way to explain it to myself much less express it here."
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.
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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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 ‚ā¨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]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives