DejaMenu 1.1 for Mac OS X is the latest version of the (donation-ware) application to access the menubar as a context menu. DejaMenu is intended to ease access to the main menu bar for those with large screens or multiple monitors. Version 1.1 adds keyboard navigation to the context menu, and fixes a common visual glitch. [Download - 61KB] GameRanger 3.6 adds iChat support for setting Away status+message+icon for Premium users while in a game, an "is typing" indicator for private messages, new tooltips, and several other enhancements to the online gaming service client for Mac users. [Download - 182KB] Digital Point Solutions has released "search this site," a PHP script for Web developers than enables the implementation of a search function with little complexity. The system uses Google on the backend, via the Google API. The results can be formatted in any way. [Download - 3KB] Rampell Software's ViewRemote 2.1.8 logs keystrokes and periodically snaps screenshots of activity on any Mac allows users to view the information from any computer with an Internet connection: "it's like having a surveillance camera pointed directly at your monitor. This data is securely sent to the ViewRemote data center, where it is archived and stored" It requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and is $70. [Download - form] Pod Manager, a $8 shareware app aimed at extracting music files from an iPod, has been updated to version 2.1 This new version improves support for 3G iPods, UTF8 iPod drive names, and fixes some other smaller issues. [Download - 388KB] Dog Park Software has announced the release of MacLoggerDX 3.9, a new version of its $95 Telnet/TNC DXCluster utility. The update adds selectable colors for terminals, fixed ADIF Import, and a bug relating to Schedule Panel.[Download - 8.8MB] iWork 2.0 ($75) is a simple time-billing and invoicing application. It integrates with iCal and Address Book, offers tax support and easily generates custom invoices. [Download - 2.6MB] HimmelBar is a little background application that provides an icon in the menu bar to quickly access applications by scanning standard locations such as local, user, network and developer applications. Version 1.2 includes Norwegian and Danish, a version check feature, the ability to rename the custom location menu item and a bug fix. [Download - 150MB]
Vicomsoft today announced SpamBolt and InterGate 8.5.4, the latest releases of the the company's Internet and network management product suite that brings full support for Mac OS X 10.3 Server (Panther). In addition, InterGate 8.5.4 includes technology enhancements to support the soon to be released SuperIntendent. Due for release in late February 2004, SuperIntendent will provide schools & businesses with the ability to produce detailed reports on Internet usage, acceptable usage policy breaches and a whole host of other customizable reports.
Aspyr today released a demo of Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, which "allows players to immerse themselves in the classic Star Wars universe as they take on the role of a student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Master Luke Skywalker." It is available now for $50 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later. Meanwhile, Feral Interactive let us know that it recently updated its website: "It's been about a year since the last serious upgrade of the Feral website. In that time we have released six new games and have put a lot more into development - so it seemed high time for a new lick of digital paint."
MakeMusic! today announced SmartMusic Studio 8.2, the latest version of the company's interactive music practice system; it can listen to musicians perform through a microphone attached to a computer and follow their spontaneous tempo changes. Version 8.2 adds support for Mac OS X as well as thirty new accompaniments and the ability to save recordings as a compressed MP3 file. It is now available through school sponsorship ($20/student) and home subscription ($90/year) or for $10/month.
Small Tree Communications today began shipping "the first" dual-($250) and quad- ($550) port gigabit Ethernet cards for the Power Mac G5 and G5 Xserve. Small Tree says the cards provide an immediate performance gain over the Power Mac G5's internal Ethernet port through the use of jumbo frames. The NICs are 64-bit/133Mhz PCI-X network interface cards containing independent 10/100/1000 megabit ports on one PCI-X adapter. The cards work with Small Tree Communications' IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation software which provides automatic load balancing and fail over of network traffic.
Aspyr has posted more information on Call of Duty for the Mac: "In Call of Duty, you get to fight alongside your brothers-in-arms as history comes alive. In momentous battles from D-Day to Stalingrad, you’ll find yourself in incredibly real terrain, caught in breathtaking life and death combat." It features 24 single-player missions, four interconnected campaigns and multiplayer support over the Internet. It will run on Mac OS X 10.2.8 and is available for pre-order for $50. Call of Duty is expected to ship in April is currently at 'first playable' game status.
Reindeer Graphics has released Focus Extender 1.0, which provides a "simple interface to a powerful technique for blending a stack of images with varying focal depths into a single, in-focus image. Designed to integrate into an automated workflow, Focus Extender is fully recordable, and comes with an example Photoshop action demonstrating its use. With an extensive manual describing its operation, Focus Extender is a user-friendly, yet powerful method for creating extended depth of field images for analysis and measurement." It is available for $500 and runs on Mac OS 9/X.
Doug Brooks, product manager for server hardware at Apple, touts the G5 prcoessor, Mac OS X software, management tools, open-source support/integration, and competitive pricing as benefits of Apple's new G5 Xserve in a Q&A with ServerPipeline. Another article talks about Apple's pursuit of the Enterprise customer: " People are looking for compelling value in not so much the cost of the product, but in what does it cost to deploy it. Anyone in the enterprise space who looks at products looks at [both] the cost of the product, and what are the costs to service it. If they're not, they're making a mistake."
Badia today released LiveKeys 1.5 and OfficialReport 2.0, adding support for QuarkXPress 6 and Mac OS X. LiveKeys can customize any menu shortcut, manage style sheet shortcuts, and create and share custom sets. OfficialReport generates reports detailing all features of single or multiple projects, including formatted listings of document fonts, color usage, style sheets, etc. OfficialReport 2.0 has a redesigned interface, includes a customizable picture usage report, and can create a report for all layouts contained in a project. Each is $50 with upgrades priced at $20.
Pepsi's iTunes Super Bowl ad will feature about 20 teens sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegal downloads of MP3 songs: "The sassy ad, to be seen by Super Bowl's 88 million viewers on Feb 1, is a wink at the download hot button. Pepsi hopes the promotion will connect its flagship cola, as well as Sierra Mist and Diet Pepsi, with teens who've shown more affinity for bottled water, energy drinks and the Internet... In the ad, Leith holds a Pepsi and proclaims: "We are still going to download music for free off the Internet." Then the announcer says how: 'Announcing the Pepsi iTunes Giveaway.'"
The Sound Guy has announced an RTAS upgrade path for SFX Machine RT. For a limited time, new purchasers of SFX Machine RT ($100) will receive a 1/3 discount on FXpansion's VST to RTAS Adapter (regularly $100). SFX Machine RT is an audio multi-effects plug-in, available in Audio Unit format for Mac OS X and VST format for Mac OS 8/9/X. With the purchase of the VST to RTAS Adapter, Pro Tools 6 LE and TDM owners will now have access to this technology on Mac OS X.
OrangeWare today released a Macintosh driver solution for wireless "802.11a/b/g" cards based on the Atheros chipset. OrangeWare’s announcement broadens the driver availability to all users of Atheros-based wireless cards, including D-Link, Netgear, Aztec, Elecom, Fujitsu, IBM, Linksys, NEC, Samsung and Sony and currently provides the only solution for connect to 802.11a-based networks. The driver is available as a free trial, while a "permanent license" is available for $15.
Morrison SoftDesign today released Font Doctor 6.0, its application for font problem diagnosis, repair, and organization. FontDoctor will scan font folders to locate and repair common font illnesses, including missing Postscript fonts, missing bitmaps, corrupt/damaged fonts, font ID conflicts, extra fonts sizes, mixed fonts types, and more. Version 6.0 features a simplified interface, faster diagnosis, improved font repair, and better organization functions. It is $70 with upgrades priced at $20; it runs on Mac OS 9/X.
Sonnet today announced it is shipping its Encore/ZIF G4 800MHz and 1.0GHz processor upgrades, which are compatible with the Blue & White and G4 PCI Graphics Power Macs (as well as Beige G3 Power Macs). Sonnet says that these are "the only G4 upgrades to extend Blue & White and G4 PCI Graphics machine performance beyond 500MHz." The new Encore models utilize the 745X series of Motorola G4 processors, with 256KB L2 and 1MB of SDR L3 cache. The 800MHz version is $350, while the 1GHz version is $500. They carry a three-year warranty. The company also lowered the price of its 700MHz model to $300 ($50 drop).
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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 â‚¬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