Tumult HyperEdit 1.0b3 is an update to lightweight HTML editor for Mac OS X. There are several new features including Code Snippets for creating shortcuts to commonly used text, better syntax highlighting, startup items, more. [Download - 294KB] Deep Prose Software has released Booxter 1.0, an easy to use application that helps users manage their book collections. It gathers book information from various sources on the Internet to allow you to view, edit, sort, categorize, export and print books in your collection. [Download - 700KB] Mac OS X HTTP Mail Plugin gives Mac OS X's Mail application the ability to fetch mail stored on a httpmail (Hotmail) server. The plug-in is a part of the SourceForge open-source development community. [Download - 723KB] Red Pill is the official "Matrix Reloaded" screensaver for Mac OS X. It features detailed scrolling 3D characters that mimic the scrolling computer code featured in the movie. Also available is SnowSaver, a screensaver that features slow falling snow flakes. [Download - Red Pill; SnowSaver] VChat is a CU-Seeme video conferencing client. With VChat users can participate in group conferences by connecting to a CU-SeeMe reflector or one-on-one conferencing with another person. It works with any Web cam, including Apple's iSight. [Download - 947KB] MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 8.0.0, an updated version of its popular $30 parental control program for Mac OS X. Changes in version 8.0 include improve Mozila handling, Camino support, improve handling of Safari cache, a better Screen log, enhancements for Panther, and bug fixes. [Download - 4.7MB] Conversation allows users to chat in channels or with your friend, via a simple interface. Knowledge of IRC text commands is not needed to operate Conversation. However, it offers a comprehensive set of IRC features, some unique to Conversation. [Download - 1.5MB]
Jon Stokes of Ars Technica has posted the draft of Chapter 5 of his new book," Understanding the Computer." Chapter 5 focuses on the PowerPC 970 processor, used in Apple's Power Mac G5. In addition to new content, the chapter summarizes information from many of Stokes' articles on Ars.
Steve Jobs has been named the Executive of the Year by The San Francisco Business Times for his "balancing performance at Pixar, innovation at Apple...Both companies where Jobs is CEO -- Apple and Pixar Animation Studios -- notched profitable years despite continued anemia in the larger tech economy. Much more importantly, each broke ground in its respective industry, and in a way that heralds a razzle-dazzle z future."
Native Instruments has released Metaphysical Function, a free sound generator based on Reaktor 4 technology: "a fascinating self-playing sound generator, usable as a stand-alone application for Mac OS X and Windows XP/2000. This unique instruments blurs the distinction between sound and vision - combining multiple waveform visualization with dynamic parameter automation. Thirty-two presets, ranging from soothing ambience to disturbing soundscapes are included, and a progressive randomization function allows for limitless sound generation possibilities."
DVD Capture 2.3, updated for Panther compatibility, is a helper application for the Apple DVD Player. New features include enhanced DVD Player controls, improved settings retention and improved file saving. It enables the user to take screen captures of the DVD Player Viewer in full screen mode. The captures can be saved to a file or placed on the clipboard. An AppleScript is provided for the DVD Player script menu that launches DVD Capture. Select "File" or "Clipboard" to assign a location for the capture.
A new iPod Battery FAQ attempts to counter the "incorrect and misleading information and news articles, rumors of class action lawsuits, and other ridiculousness surrounding the iPod battery...It contains concise, correct, up-to-date information dealing with questions people may have about iPod batteries. Comments, suggestions, corrections, and updates welcome at email@example.com."
An "AppleScript for the Creative Professional" session will be held at MacWorld Expo in San Francisco on Thursday, January 8th, 2004 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. This session will feature Benjamin S. Waldie, President of Automated Workflows, LLC, and will be opened to all registered Users Conference attendees. During this session, creative professionals will learn the importance of AppleScript automation, what types of production tasks may be automated using AppleScript, and steps to implement AppleScript automation in a workflow.
MacNN reader Keith Russo notes that Apple has placed among the Top 10 Yahoo! Searches of 2003 in two different categories: "The iPod is listed No. 6 in the 'Top 10 Tech Searches' and No. 5 in the 'Top 10 Rumor Searches' for 'Apple Rumors'. I think it an important milestone that the iPod is listed by its product name. In this regard, Apple has successfully branded a product to be synonymous with the category. Very few products have ever reach this level of branding like Walkman and Kleenex."
Open Door Networks today announced that its president and founder, Alan B. Oppenheimer, will be delivering the keynote address at the MacIT conference taking place at this year's MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. The keynote talk is entitled "A History of Macintosh Networking", which is designed to coincide with the Mac's 20th anniversary: "At Apple, Alan was a co-developer of the AppleTalk network system, a co-author of the book 'Inside AppleTalk' and the engineering lead for a number of key networking products, including AppleTalk Phase 2, Apple Remote Access, and the Apple Internet Router."
GNUMail.app is a fully featured mail application that uses he GNUstep development framework or Apple Cocoa. It is licensed under the GPL and uses Pantomime as its mail handling framework. Version 1.1 supports multiple POP3 accounts, multiple delivery agents, a mail spool file, personal file preferences, IMAP support, and GPG (PGP) support. Version 1.1.2 features improved integration with the Address Book, new Mailboxes Import bundle supporting Microsoft Entourage X and standard mbox files, POP and IMAP optimizations, and other changes.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE