Roxio is questioning the marketshare and download numbers quoted by Apple's press release this week that singled out the Napster service, while one analyst says that Apple's "mistake" lends unnecessary credibility to its competitor: "Roxio's Gorog questioned Apple's figures from Nielsen SoundScan, telling TechNewsWorld that those numbers did not include Napster's results. Gorog said Apple's claim of 80 percent market share is reduced to 62 percent if Napster's 23 percent is considered. Gorog, who also questioned how Apple could have had 1.5 million song downloads when SoundScan reported a total of 827,000 single downloads in the same period, said he does not know where Apple got the 1.5 million figure."
The MacGIMP project today announced that it has received sponsorship from Archei LLC, a new company dedicated to the "best of" open-source software. This week, the MacGIMP 1.2.3 packaged software (regularly $18) is being offered as a free download for all Mac OS X Panther and Jaguar users. The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Update: The download link is now available as of 12:55 pm ET. [form]
MacNN readers are discussing a yet-unreleased Mac OS X 10.3.1 update, the release of Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X, problems with Bondi iMac video, using the PDA/Phone Samsung i500 & Kyocera 7135 on Mac OS X, limited AirPort range on a iBook and lowered AirPort Extreme range under Panther, heat issues with the iBook 14" and PowerBook 15", using Cocoa or Swing for the UI of Java applications, discussion on muting the startup chime, and Panther mail problems.
Roxio has posted Toast 6.03 updater, after offering details of the changes earlier this week. The update also includes CD Spin Doctor 2.0.2 and Motion Pictures 1.0.3 and supports English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. [21.3MB] PandaWare has updated TimeCache 5.1.6, its $50 time and expense billing application. It fixes problems under Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) as well as other bugs. In addition, PandaWare has release DiskWrangler 1.0.2, a file launcher and browser for Mac OS X. [Download - TimeCache; DiskWrangler] St. Clair Software has posted a new public beta version of Default Folder X, its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.9.2b1 improves performance of its new hierarchical menus, corrects bugs that could cause it to crash, and resolves many minor problems. [Download - 3.7MB] Postfix Enabler lets users activate Mac OS X 10.3's built-in mail server with "just one click." Although Postfix on Panther is not that difficult to configure using the command line, the developer says using Postfix Enabler is still faster than doing it manually. [Download - 174KB] Chronopath today released MacVault 1.0.2, an update to its $15 data organization application. This version addresses legal issues regarding the prior product name. A limited trial is available. [Download - 1.5MB] Burnz is a drag-and-drop disc-burning application ($13) is "at least twice as fast as the Finder on most Macs". It supports any burner and disc media supported by Apple (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc.); supports pure ISO, RockRidge and Joliet discs; does not require a disc's-worth of free space on the startup volume; and supports rapid burning of multiple discs of the same data." [981KB] Xupport 2.0b3 updates the all-in-one interface for Mac OS X with a new Pipe firewall log to ipfw.log (Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3) and other bug fixes. The $20 shareware provides a clean GUI to configure many Mac OS X options, that are not or hard to configure manually, and much more. [408KB] Apple's Java 1.4.1 update is being revised to "provide better compatibility with changes made in other recent software updates, according to Apple's Knowledge Base.
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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 €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