MacNN reader Sebastian Meyer has published a photo gallery of the line outside the Tampa Apple Store for the release of Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther." According to Mr. Meyer, the line was significantly longer than the one on the opening day of the store. Another reader posted photos from the Panther Release Event at the Apple Store Millenia in Orlando: "The crowd was bigger than any previous event at the mall. The line took hours to run out." Update: another reader sent photos from Apple Store King of Prussia.
Apple will be holding the grand opening of its Corte Madera (Corte Madera, CA) and Sagemore (Marlton, NJ) on November 1st, as noted on Apple's retail Website.
Quadbase Systems has released EspressReport 3.5, which adds 50 new features and enhancements to Quadbaseís powerful reporting tools. It provides full WebObjects integration for rapid development and deployment Version 3.5 also now offers full integration with WebObjects, allowing developer to integrate Web applications with powerful reporting features into their projects as well as the return of dynamic pages, new template security features, automatic filters for input data, improved internal scripting features, automated data source updating, and improved report generation. (Pricing not available.)
Readers report that Apple has posted iPod Software 1.3.1 for older iPods via the Software Update, although some readers have reported problems with the verison number: "Downloaded the newest iPod updater 1.3.1 from software update panel and attempted to install it. The about for the installer says its 1.3.1, but the actual installer is version 1.3 which will not update itself. The update button is greyed out at 1.3 (up to date). Somehow there's a problem." (An older iPod 1.3 Software Update is available via the Web.)
Xten has released a free VoIP softphone X-Lite for Mac OS X: "It uses the Session Initiation Protocol [SIP] which is quickly becoming the number 1 choice for Internet Telephony operators across the globe." It has many PBX-like features and offers an standards-based design for maximum network interoperation and integration. A commercial version ($50) is also available that includes conferencing, 6 lines, 10 networks, transfer and more. [Lite, Com]
Thursby Software has released ADmitMac 1.1, which allows for the integration of Macs systems into Microsoft Active Directory and Windows NT domains. Version 1.1 offers Panther (Mac OS X 10.3) support, security improvements, and support for Microsoft's Distributed File System (Dfs). It also includes automatic reconnection of broken links after extended sleep, the mounting of home directories inside of protected trees, using the profile home directory, the ability to manually add printers, and forced "Kerberized" mutual authentication. It is a free update to the $150 application.
Macintosh users eager to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.3 Panther can "start on the right foot" with the new electronic book, "Take Control of Upgrading to Panther," written by long-time Macintosh expert Joe Kissell and published by TidBITS Electronic Publishing. The $5 ebook will be available for purchase at 8:00 PM (EDT) this evening as Apple takes the wraps off Panther at Apple Stores throughout the United States. Based on numerous test installations, "Take Control of Upgrading to Panther" walks users through the necessary steps to take before installing, choosing the right installation options, and so on.
Apple has posted information on QuickTime Streaming Server 5, which is available bundled with Mac OS X 10.3 Server (also due to be released tonight). It includes new admin functions for easy set up and monitoring from any Mac running Mac OS X v10.3 (as well as via the Web for remote administration), home directory support, real-time playlist updating, and QTSS Publisher, a application for easily managing all of your server-side media including uploading files, creating playlists, and generating web pages. (The Darwin Streaming Server equivalent for Mac OS X 10.3 client and other OS is not yet available.)
Apple today released iSync 1.3, which now has calendar, contact, and to-do synchronization for the Sony Ericsson P900 and P800, as well as the Nokia 3650, 7650, and N-Gage smart phones. With these phones iSync also syncs the Address Book picture to the contact info, so you can see a picture of the caller when the phone rings. In addition, iSync now supports several new Bluetooth phones from Sony Ericsson, the T616, T630, and the Z600. Finally, .Mac users who sync their bookmarks can now view, edit and use them from any browser by visiting bookmarks.mac.com. It is also available via the Software Update function.
Apple will hold its annual analyst meeting on November 5, 2003 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., PST, in Cupertino, California. The meeting will be available via live QuickTime audio webcast.
To coincide with the release of Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther," ScottWorld is now offering one-day Panther training seminars in Los Angeles for $300 per person on a variety of different dates. The classes, entitled "Beginner's Guide to Mac OS X 10.3 Panther", are being taught by Scott Rose, President of ScottWorld and Apple's "top professional speaker at their MacWorld Expos nationwide." ScottWorld is also offering a one-day "Introduction to FileMaker Pro 6" class as well for $350 per person.
SquidMan 1.5 is a free graphical installer and front-end for the Squid proxy cache for Mac OS X. It can cache downloaded content; act as a proxy server for other computers on your subnet; and restore the operation of many Mac OS X 10.2 system services that normally fail through authenticated proxy servers, such as Software Update. [1.5MB] Acronnect Software has introduced a "lite" version of its PDF image exorter. The Adobe Acrobat plug-in, ImageEngine Export 1.0, exports images from PDF documents in prepress quality while maintaining the original color space (Acrobat conversion uses RGB space). It is available for Mac OS 9/10 for €60. [1.0MB] Directors Boards Free 1.0 is a free free storyboard program based on the professional director's tool Directors NoteBook and provides a "very simple" interface for creating "AV." format storyboards from existing digital scans, illustrations and photos. The software prints the boards, presents them as a digital slide show, and exports them to tab delimited text. [8.7MB] RollCall Directory 1.0.1 is latest version of the $15 print utility for the Mac OS X Address Book. It adds features for international users, allowing users to print mailing labels in the correct format of all 33 countries supported by the OS X 10.2 Address Book. Also included is the German & French localization of product. [2.2MB] Any Calc CM 1.0 is a free Contextual Menu plug-in for Mac OS X that calculates math expressions: "Just select the expression and Control-click (or right mouse button click) on it to open the contextual menu. The contextual menu will show the result. Select the result to copy into the clipboard." [60KB] SubEthaEdit 1.1.4 (for Mac OS X 10.2.7 or later) updates the Rendezvous-based text editor with Panther compatibility, more efficient Rendezvous usage, improved Objective-C syntax highlighting, and other enhancements. The free editor allows collaboration on a single document by multiple authors and offers advanced text editing functions. [1.5MB] SpamCop 1.3 for Apple's Mac OS X Mail client helps with the SpamCop reporting service (requires a free reporting account): "Installation gives the Mail application a new Message menu item, Report Spam, just under the Bounce To Sender item. Select any number of messages in the Mailbox list and use this new menu item to generate and submit the web reports for processing." [overloaded] GeeThree has updated its Stealth Serial Port driver for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, which allows users to use Stealth Serial Port, which provides a "native" serial port that behaves just as if it was built-in the G4 or G3 system. [90KB] Ken Winograd has updated the $50 accounting/bookkeeping program called TinyBooks 1.09. It is designed for Sole Proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. TinyBooks is a simple, flexible, non-bloated, single-entry bookkeeping program. [206KB]
ZyGoDigital today released ZyGoVideo Pro 2.5, which features improved encode/decode speeds over previous versions as well as a new “Motion Estimation” control to help control data rate spikes when panning the camera, a new “High Quality” mode, and new video decoding to NTSC devices. Users can now create widescreen, theater-style videos: "ZyGoVideo, a QuickTime 6 Downloadable Component, is being used successfully to stream eight videos simultaneously over a dedicated T1 link from the South Pacific to the US for the Ballistic Missile Test Program. The multiple video streams are displayed in a tiled screen on Plasma displays to provide a 'video wall' capability." It is available for Mac OS X for $80.
Apple tonight will hold its "Night of Panther" kick-off events at local retail stores across the US beginning at 8 pm with "free gifts, great savings, theater demos and a chance to win a Mac." Apple will also concurrently hold the grand opening for two new retail stores: UTC (San Diego, CA) and Legacy Village (Lyndhurst, OH). The full version of Mac OS X 10.3 (client) is $130 with discounts for Family Pack ($200 for 5-user license) and education ($69). Last year, Apple offered a 10% discount on all items with the purchase the "Jaguar" upgrade, which several readers note may be offered again.
PGP Corporation has released PGP Desktop 8.03, a free update to registered users. It brings full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, significant changes to the Apple Mail.app plugin (requires re-installation), performance improvements to PGP Disk, signature spoofing prevention, improved file decryption, suport for HFS journaled file systems, and other changes. The full release also brings support for support for Microsoft Office 2003, including Outlook 2003 and Windows Server 2003; Novell GroupWise 6.5. PGP Freeware 8.03, for non-commercial use, is also available with limited functionality.
Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Express 1.0.3, which brings full Panther compatibility to the $60 word processing application that offers the ability to open/save documents in Unicode, RTF, RTFD, plain text format as well as support for Microsoft Word (.doc) files; a customizable interface; AppleScript and Perl macros; noncontiguous selection; keyboard shortcuts; a Document Manager; three-level Find/Replace including Regular Expressions (GREP); multiple editable Clipboards; and slick document window zoom. A $10 discount is available through October 26.
Apple has released Keynote 1.1.1, an update to its presentation tool for Mac OS X. The update improves stability and includes several user experience enhancements including a preference to control cube and flip transition clipping individually. It requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher. Apple also released QuickTime for Java 6.4, which includes support for using QuickTime 6.4 with either Java 1.4.1 or Java 1.3.1 and is "recommended for everyone using QuickTime 6.4 in order to maintain application compatibility." Both are only available via the Software Update function under Mac OS X and are not yet available via Apple's Keynote or QuickTime for Java websites.
The Apple Store SoHo is among the winners of BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Awards 2003 (paid registration required), according to a MacNN reader: "the 7th annual awards will be showcased in the November 2003 issue of BusinessWeek (online version only available to paid subscribers). As noted on last year's winners page, 'the award is about how architecture enhances business strategy.' Apple's store was categorized has a high-profile retail store in a historical building."
Apple is launching a program that enables small schools to group together to take advantage of software licencing and maintenance program discounts, as reported by Australian IT. Apple's new promotion, the 'K-12 State & District Licence Program', is aimed at schools which do not own a large number of computers and are usually not able to take advantage of the bigger discounts offered to larger users - usually requiring at least 1000 seats.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ