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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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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe