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Integration New Media today announced that it has added powerful new features to Impressario, its $440 tool, for integrating Adobe PDF documents into Macromedia Director movies. Impressario 1.1 now includes the following new features and enhancements: support for form controls, new methods, a new Mac OS X-flavored toolbar, new optional parameters in the Print() method, improved speed for selecting text, and GetSelectedText() and GetPageText() now support accented characters within the Roman character set.
CodeTek has announces the availability of VirtualDesktop 3.0, the general release of its $40 flagship application designed to increase users’ productivity. It enables users to work on multiple projects, while keeping each project its own separate workspace. It allows users to separate multiple tasks and place each one into its own virtual desktop. "We thank the more than 2,500 beta testers who made valuable suggestions during the last month,” said Bill Goldstein, CodeTek Studio’s President and CEO.
Napster CEO Chris Gorog has warned music delegates at the Midem international music fair in Cannes to "stay-off the Apple platform," reports MacWorld UK. Gorog's attempt to convince music execs they should make their record catalogues available on Napster rather than Apple was based on claims that Napster's Windows-based PC platform is compatible with two-thirds of all the mobile music devices currently available. A report on Mail & Guardian Online suggests: "2004 could see war break out between the fledgling host of new legitimate online stores due to launch this year".
Jumsoft has released Keynote Objects 2.0, the latest edition of its $35 package of transparent QuickTime animations for Apple Keynote presentations. "We used the great advantages of the QuickTime and Quartz Extreme technologies to create amazing movies (objects)," the developer explains, "the movie itself is driven by QuickTime, while the transparency - by Quartz Extreme." Keynote Objects 2.0 package includes 40 transparent, high-quality objects.
Ars Technica takes a look at the pricing of the iPod Mini, which costs $250. The 4GB player is only $50 less than the 15GB standard iPod, leaving many consumers "scratching their heads." However, editor Eric Bangeman points out, "It is not meant to be an alternative to the iPod," and the pricing "does not look as bad when compared with its intended target market."
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Rainjul today announced Polywogg for Mac OS X Panther, its journaling/blogging service. "Polywogg for Mac OS X Panther has been completely re-written from the ground up. It offers some incredible new capabilities, including video blogging with iSight cameras, iPhoto integration, the ability to take snapshots of web pages and much more." A desktop client makes updates easy and it automatically syndicates journal content worldwide via the web and RSS. It is available for $15 per year with a free 1-year subscription to .Mac members.
A Virginia Tech spokesperson said the university and Apple have received "a number of inquiries" from federal agencies to use the university's installation or its supercomputer-kit technology to build their own supercomputer installations, according to TechWeb: "Virginia Tech's decision to replace its 'Big Mac' supercomputer processors with Apple Xserve G5 servers will make the installation more attractive to the federal agencies and organizations negotiating with the university for its novel supercomputer technology."
FingerWorks today announces the MacNTouch Gesture Keyboard for the Mac G4 line of PowerBooks and iBooks. The MacNTouch Gesture Keyboard serves as mouse, standard keyboard, and powerful multi-finger gesture interpreter: "Mouse operations like point, click, drag, scroll, and zoom are combined seamlessly with touch-typing and multi-finger gesture everywhere on the MacNTouch's surface. Proprietary hardware and software allows pointing right over the keys, thus eliminating the frequent movement of the hand between the keyboard and the touchpad." It requires installation by a technician. It is $260 for the 15" Aluminum PowerBook.
Phelios today released Abracadabra, its new an arcade game that "will take you on a magical trip. Create or destroy your destiny with the 'Whack!' of a magic wand. That wand, by the way, is of key importance and could save your life. With it, you'll make or break walls. Speaking of key, your mission is to find one without having your journey thwarted. You'll use your supernatural powers wisely to protect you from the crazy creatures trying to foil your task." The demo offers 15 free levels, while the full version ($25) features 115 levels. It runs on Mac OS X only.
Informatix Software has released a demo version of Piranesi, its '3D painting' tool that allows you to start with a simple rendering of a 3D model, and quickly develop it into high quality images ready for client presentations: "Using Piranesi, architects and designers can start with simple models and renderings, and rapidly paint in extra detail or use artistic, hand-drawn effects. Most popular 3D modellers and viewers can create Piranesi EPix files. Piranesi can also render 3DS or DXF files, via its sister program Vedute which is also supplied in demo form." Tutorials and sample data files are included in the demo.
IOGEAR has introduced its MiniView Micro USB Plus and MiniView Micro Audio KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switches. Users can now control USB or PS/2 computers with a single keyboard, monitor and mouse, while sharing multimedia speakers. Both models feature built-in six-foot cables for easy setup, and IOGEAR's patented VSE Video Signal Enhancement technology which boosts the video signal and supports high resolutions. The MiniView Micro USB Plus switch is priced at $80, while the MiniView Micro Audio Switch is priced at $60.
Bare Bones Software today released BBEdit 7.1.2, the latest version of the award-winning HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. BBEdit 7.1.2 is a maintenance release to fix reported issues and add minor enhancements and refinements. BBEdit 7.1.2 is $180. Registered owners can upgrade to BBEdit 7.1 for $50 (from BBEdit 6.5) or $60 (from BBEdit 6.1 or later).
SanDisk today began shipping the world's first production 1GB Secure Digital (SD) flash card, which contains a unique "stackable" packaging technology jointly implemented with Sharp Corporation of Japan. This new package employs a low-cost, high-yielding die-stacking process that is designed to enable SanDisk to double the memory capacity without increasing the size of the card. The new cards are $500.
Early morning tech: Network administrators are working to stop a fast-spreading Windows e-mail worm spreads itself and installs a program that leaves an open door to infected computers; Hewlett-Packard plans to release new servers using AMD's Opteron processor, another significant win for AMD; Amtrak is expanding its Wi-Fi service to six Northeastern U.S. train stations, in a move to attract more business travelers.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University will upgrade its supercomputer to the dual-processor Xserve G5 (from PowerMac G5s), according to Reuters: "The new system, which went online toward the end of last year and which Virginia Tech said was the most powerful supercomputer at any university in the world at the time, will be completed by May. By moving to the thinner servers, the supercomputer will consume less power and generate less heat" as well as reduce the system's size by a factor of three. "The price of the upgrade has not yet settled on, but Varadarajan said it would be minimal compared to the cost of building a new supercomputer from scratch."
IGG Software has released iWork 2.01, an update to its time-billing and project management application that integrates with iCal and Address Book. Version 2 offers a new single-window interface, new networking functions, and a new File Cabinet, which will automatically launch iWork when associated files (in the cambinet) are in use. IGG also released iWork Server 1.0 and iWork Client, which provide a networking solution for a multi-user environment. Upgrades are $16, while the full version is $30; iWork Server 1.0 starts at $75 (2-client license).
SubRosaSoft.com today released FTPDroplet, an easy-to-use application to help a user to upload files to web servers (FTP Servers) quickly and easily. "Once you enter the account information for the ftp site, you can simply drag-and-drop files you want to upload and FTPDroplet will take care of the rest. No settings, buttons, menus, or mouse-clicks, it's just plain simple to use. You can even have multiple FTPDroplets for various ftp sites." The freeware requires registration and runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
CasBaH Software today released version 1.2.2 of SpamRoboCop, the utility to quicly finish SpamCop reports on the Web. This release addresses a minor issue with MailSmith compatibility and recognizes the new address from which mail is sent from SpamCop. [Download - 116KB] metaobject has released BookLightning 1.1, an update to the small $50 imposition program for booklets and simple magazines. Version 1.1 uses the newest EGOS engine to "dramatically improve performance" to the point where conversion is instantaneous for most files. [Download - 984KB] iScreensaver Designer 3.2 ($30) adds support for Mac OS X 10.3 and bug fixes to the cross-platform screensaver editor. iScreensaver Designer creates screensavers for Mac OS X and Windows XP. [Download - 7.0MB] SpamSieve has been updated to version 2.1.2, introducing better integration with Apple Mail and Entourage. The update to the $25 anti-spam software also introduces an improved registration system, and improved usability. [Download - 2.3MB] einstein’s legacy has released Cinematics 1.1, an update to the $25 media player, which allows users to build and manage playlists of digital movies. This new release extends Cinematics' functionality by adding features that enhance movie playback, provide greater operational stability and ease of use, and protect against any accidental data lose. [Download - form] simpleDays 3.2 ($15) is an update to the integrated suite of personal information and time management tools. Features include: a perpetual calendar, pop-up reminders of special events, "to do" management, a personal journal, a day planner, contact information management, searchable on-line help, and more. [Download - 1.9MB] Name those Files! ($12.50) allows users to quickly and easily "get a handle on your ever increasing file collections." With NtF!, users can select a source folder and then rename all of the files contained therein with a more helpful name that optionally includes a prefix or suffix including the date, numbered counters, and custom text. [Download - 1.9MB] Bleu Rose has released version 8.1 of Black & Bleu/Std and Black & Bleu/Pro, the $30 error code definition and and explanation guide. This maintenance release (free to all 8.0 licensees) adds several more error codes and reclassifies some errors into additional categories. [Download - 2.2MB]
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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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t