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Amar Sagoo today announced the release of Tofu, an a application for improving readability of text on the screen by reflowing it into columns: "Tofu addresses the common problem that people don't like reading text on computer screens. It avoids two problems that degrade readability of text. One is that windows are typically very wide, which makes moving from the end of one line to the beginning of the next difficult for the eye. The other is that the custom of vertically scrolling through text has the effect of getting lost amongst the large number of moving lines."
ZappTek's iPod It 2.3 ($15) adds full support for Panther Mail (including transferring messages from multiple mailboxes), enhances the management of files on your iPod, and fixes a number of bugs. iPod It supports transferring information from Entourage, Stickies, Mail, Address Book and iCal and can download weather forecasts and news headlines directly to your iPod. [411KB] SCUBA-Training.net has released SCUBA Simulator v1.0.1, a free program that simulates some of the effects of diving with SCUBA. The developer says that some of the effects are exaggerated for instructional purposes, includes wetsuit compression, weight of air in cylinder, weight belt, air comsumption (based on depth and swimming direction), and excessive negative buoyancy. [4.0MB] cosmicsoft has updated its starTime 1.6.3 reminder utility that can create events that launch applications, run shell scripts, and more. The new version fixes a bug that caused some repeating events to change times if they were delayed. [3.1MB] Ascendant Softworks has released MimMac 1.0.6 ($10), which fixes an incorrect value problem in preferences, disallows cloning of volumes to themselves, and adds some log management options. MimMac is an easy-to-use backup utility that can be used for data migration, system merging, simple and incremental backups, and bootable system clones. [262KB] Entourage Email Archive X (EEA X) 1.8 is an utility for archiving emails and attachments you have received or sent using Microsoft Entourage X in Mac OS X. Users can now archive emails as native .eml files. The preferences have also been update, adding a new feature for saving text files with the Creator of the text editor "SubEthaEdit" and offering compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3.2 and Office X 10.1.5. [778KB] Andrew's (Vector) plugins Vol 12 - shape FX 1 is a plugin set for Illustrator 10 and CS. It contains a shape creator plugin (creates paths based on 8 pts or less) and a warp/envelope plugin as well as bonus symbols / brushes / pattern swatches. A demo of the $12 plugin set is available online. [78KB] poisoned 0.5 improves iTunes import and update support for giftd, openft, and gnutella networks. The "donationware" application offers a front-end to several peer-to-peer sharing networks. [2.5MB] Flash AV Players 2.8 is a plug and play Flash streaming solution for broadcasting MP3, SWF (Audio and Video), JPEG, and MIDI files by loading custom or dynamic playlists in XML format. Version 2.8 can parse your media subfolder tree to XML, fixes a few memory leaks on some browsers, and optimizes CPU load on each browser. Registration is €30 per site. [470KB] iCalibrate 1.3 provides an easy way to customize Apple's iCal. Version 1.3 can now change any color, anywhere in any of your calendars, including month view event text, to do items, week view event backgrounds, and more. [581KB]
Intelli Innovations has posted Barcode Producer 2.1, an update to its barcode generation software for Mac OS X. Version 2.1 adds tagged saving of EPS files (the default name is now the barcode's value for convenience purposes), support for JPEG 2000 as an export format, improved ISMN (music barcode support), and performance enhancements to the picture exporter and Symbology Guide--primarily seen while using Mac OS X 10.3. The $130 application features support for 12 different symbologies, customizable output options, built-in printing options, and vectorized EPS export for use in graphics applications. [Classic, OSX]
Parliant Corporation today announced the availability of PhoneValet 1.1b, a new release of its multi-line-capable computer telephony solution for Mac OS X. PhoneValet is a Personal Telephone Assistant built for Mac OS X that will screen calls, lookup and dial phone numbers and maintain your phonebook. The free update includes backup and restore functionality and improves import performance, particularly for users of Microsoft Entourage v.X. Version 1.1 also supports direct dialing directly from Apple's Address Book and integrates with iChat. PhoneValet includes all required hardware and software for $130.
Miglia Technology today launched a G5 compatible version of its TV Tuning and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) product: the AlchemyTV DVR uses a new high performance Philips Silicon Tuner and offers full QuickTime support. It includes TV/Antenna input, composite, S-VHS inputs and stereo audio connector; it can tune in to any TV station or record from your VCR. The PCI card includes an infrared remote, features iCal integration, offers full screen viewing and capture, and supports both Motion-JPEG and MPEG-4. It requires Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later and is available for €100.
Virtual WineCellar 4.5 is an easy-to-use cellaring software for wine collectors. It ofers standard data entry fields as well as several advanced functions, such user-defined fields, a suppliers database with order-to-inventory processing, integration with Vinote barcoded neck tags, support for digitized bottle labels, and much more. Virtual WineCellar is available for Mac OS X and Classic. A demo of the $20 FileMaker-based application is available. [Classic, OSX]
Several readers note that Reuters (republished by CNN and The Boston Globe) has published an "inaccurate" article on the recent iPod and iBook quality problems: "First, it knocks Apple's market share down to 2%. It goes on full of slanted hooey, and wraps up with stating that Apple's $99 iPod battery replacement was offered only after the ipodsdirtysecret.com web site came out, which is flagrantly untrue. The article makes no mention of the other battery replacement options that have always been available, or of the fact that ipodsdirtysecret.com now features a statement that Apple's warranty and replacement services are fair."
MacNN reader Seth Lessans notes an upcoming Apple Store in Bethesda, Maryland (not yet listed in its retail area): "I would just like to report that Apple's Job's site is looking for people for a new store in Montgomery Mall Bethesda, Maryland. The location is approximately 30 minutes away from Tysons Corner in McClain, Virginia."
Keynote Theme Park has released SuperSet 1 on CD, a collection of its first twelve themes for Keynote. The $100 CD also includes a 40-slide "tips" presentation that includes instructions on how to align photos and objects between two slides for its dynamic Cube and Push transitions. Keynote Theme Park's unique themes feature low contrast, detailed backgrounds, bleed photo cutouts for dynamic transitions, tiled backgrounds for seamless Push transitions, complimentary backgrounds, custom chart fills and bullets, extra design elements for each themes.
The Omni Group has officially announced OmniWeb 5.0, a major new version of its web browser for Mac OS X. The company will be showcasing the software at Macworld Expo and announced that. a public beta version will be available for download on February 2, 2004 with the final version shipping in March. The browser will features a tab drawer, saved browsing sessions, updated bookmarks, page marking, improved shortcuts, site-specific preferences, and more. OmniWeb 5.0 will sell for $30 with upgrades from previous versions priced at $10.
Marware next week will announce the newest addition to its C.E.O. professional case line: the Milano Leather Brief. The Milano is a leather laptop case designed for "executive PowerBook users who want a slim, stylish case for business use. Crafted of top-quality cowhide leather, the C.E.O. Milano Brief series of cases come in a 12”, 15” and 17” models. The 12” and 14” iBooks can also fit nicely in the respectively sized cases."
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ