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SRS Labs today began shipping its SRS Circle Surround (CS) encoding software plug-in product: SRS Circle Surround VST Pro is a plug-in for for Steinberg VST. It features a Circle Surround encoder and decoder for encoding and monitoring surround mixes. It enables VST users to easily encode up to 6.1 channels of surround sound into stereo delivery formats for television and radio broadcasting, cable delivery or playback in surround using standard stereo CDs. The $500 software runs on Mac OS X and will be distributed exclusively by Wave Distribution.
Lemke Software has released CADintosh 5.0, a new version of its 2D-CAD program for technical and architectural drawings. Version 5.0 features a new automatic catching mode, fixes print issues on Mac OS X, offers an improved GUI for Panther, optimizes CLI functions, improves DXF import, and has other fixes. Other functions include interactive window redrawing; import/export of HPGL, DXF, and PICT; and extra filters and symbols with registration ($33). It is avaialble in German, English, French, Danish and Japanese. [Classic, OSX]
A MacNN reader discovered that GarageBand (part of iLife '04 released today) cannot be installed without a DVD Drive. After speaking with a few Apple representatives the reader found that not only did the reps not know about the system requirements but had the same problems on their own machines. A closer look at the GarageBand system requirements reveals that having a DVD drive is indeed a requirement to install the popular audio program. Another reader provides a workaround for installing iLife on Mac OS X Server.
Forums Roundup: Some debate has started over how quickly Mac computers become outdated in comparison to Windows machines; there's a thread on the Apple stickers that come with the purchase of every Mac computer; the overclocked eMac is getting some looks; iPod owners are deciding that it is better to wear the iPod in-ear headphones upside down; the posts are buzzing with the release of iLife '04; and the Powerbook picture thread just keeps growing.
TestKit is an open-source unit testing tool for software developers writing for the Mac OS X environment. It is an adaptation of JUnit for Objective-C and the Mac OS X development environment. TestKit shares much of the functionality of JUnit, and it adds functionality to help programmers with the problems and challenges unique to Objective-C. A quick-start guide and API documentation are available.
Afternoon tech news: The sum of damages caused by computer virus attacks has skyrocketed to $55 billion, up from 2002, when damages from computer attacks cost businesses roughly $25 billion; after months of decline, music downloads over peer-to-peer services are on the rise, a new report shows; European firms are being urged to buy a licence for Linux to avoid legal action by SCO which claims the operating system unlawfully includes some of its computer code
Native Instruments today announced Traktor FinalScratch 1.5, a new Mac OS X Panther compatible version of its digital DJ system co-produced. The upcoming Traktor FS 1.5 software will bring FinalScratch to the Windows platform, offer much easier installation, incorporate enhanced ScratchAmp handling, include support for network and Firewire drives, and improve performance. Earlier today we noted continuing Final Scratch compatibility issues with Panther, which are expected to be resolved by the update.
Yi.magination Studios announced a preview edition of Comixware 2.0, an update to its interactive storytelling apparatus that combines content and software in one integrated package. Version 2.0 features expanded file compatibility, user file sharing, user-definable scene lengths, copy/cut/paste commands, an improved GUI and Mac OS X compatibility. A final gamma build of version 2.0 is available now. The full release will be $40 for electronic download ($45 on CD) and will be released on February 21, 2004.
The Mercury News has a review of GarageBand, Apple music studio application: "Though GarageBand contains many of the advanced features that can be found in semi-professional programs such as Cakewalk Home Studio and Sony Acid, it hides the complexity, allowing you to manipulate music more like you change fonts, boldness and italics in a document." It is only available as part iLife '04, which we noted began shipping on January 14 (and today in the UK) and should be available in Apple Stores and resellers later today.
Knowledge Base: Apple notes that Panther's login window only shows an "Other" option if NetInfo is enabled; Mac OS X's FileVault may prevent some Safari users from viewing RealOne Player content; iPhoto ignores the Page Setup's scaling options to print pages; Mac OS X client computer account records created in Active Directory require additional access to certain attributes in order to work as expected.
Trinfinity Software's Collage X 1.0.1 updates the freeware visual plugin for iTunes with performance enhancements and bug fixes. Collage X searches the Internet for images relating to the artist, track, and album that are playing and displays collage of these images. [Classic, OSX] EditiX ($40) is a Java-based XML editor supporting the latest XML and XML-related technologies such as XSLT / FO and XSD Schema. It has realtime XPath location and syntax error detection. [8.4MB] The freeware iPhoto Mailer Patcher 4.0 adds support for Claris Emailer, Mailsmith, Outlook Express, PowerMail and QuickMail Pro it iPhoto 4. The application can also restore iPhoto to the original state, limiting support to America Online, Eudora, Mail and Microsoft Entourage. [360KB] CloakIt 3.0 lets you cloak a folder and its contents. It features password authorization at startup and the ability to make folders invisible/visible. It requires Mac OS X and is $12 shareware. [886KB] RadicalPhoto 1.1 ($15) is a photo enhancer and image converter, offering options for Brightness/Contrast and Red/Green/Blue levels as well as Hue/Saturation and effects (Smooth, Sharpen, Emboss, Blur, etc). It adds rotate and flip options. [1.1MB] iPhoto Diet 2.1.6, not yet tested with iPhoto 4, adds a German localization and minor interface tweaks. The application scans through an iPhoto library folder and moves any undesired originals to the Trash (either manually or automatically). The freeware runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. ˛[306KB] The $12 shareware GPRS Script Generator 1.9.2 brings the number of supported mobile networks presets to over 200 carriers in the entire world. The software utility helps users create custom modem scripts to connect using a GPRS compatible mobile phone. [1.0MB]
TiVo Desktop 1.6 allows a networked TiVo Series2 DVR with the TiVo Home Media Option premium feature package to stream music and photos from any Mac to the device. Version 1.6 adds support for iPhoto 4, but does not (yet) support AAC audio files (including music purchased at the iTunes Music Store). It requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
Griffin Technology today announced that its PowerPod iPod Auto Charger ($25) now includes a separate Dock-to-FireWire cable. Recently redesigned, Griffin says the PowerPod is still the only iPod charger fully compatible with both original and new Apple iPods as well as the recently announced iPod mini. The new PowerPod now includes a new ultra-light ultra-flexible 48-inch Dock-to-FireWire cable. In addition to its use as a charger cable, the PowerPod's Dock-to-FireWire cable can be used for normal syncing and docking operation.
A MacNN reader reports a problem developing between Native Instruments, maker of FinalScratch DJ, and Mac OS X "Panther" users
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Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
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