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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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN