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Extensis has released Font Reserve 3.1.3, a maintenance update to its font management utility. It provides a single point of access to all fonts on your computer. "Font Reserve's rich feature set is cool enough for designers, strong enough for IT professionals, and fast enough for the most demanding production managers." Details of the latest update were not published. Font Reserve costs $100.
Gigawiz today announced the release of Aabel 1.5.5 for Mac OS X, an update to the $350 data analysis and charting application. This update introduces a unique graphic switch for switching between Quartz (for forward compatibility) and QuickDraw (to allow exporting in PICT format), while still using OpenGL for dynamic drawing of 3-D graphs. It provides full PDF support for import, export, and clipboard; has added 15 new chart types in 5 categories; allows two levels of preferences for chart customizing; provides an extended date format; allows generating and storing histogram bin data, and exporting data from selected scatter chart points.
Apple has released Final Cut Express 2.02, an update to its video editing package with advanced editing, compositing, and real-time effects for full-featured DV editing. It includes fixes and improvements, including changes to the UI and window displays, documentation, and user preferences. This update also fixes known issues with audio and video syncing over FireWire, Timeline editing functionality, and capturing long clips.
The Seattle-Post Intelligencer offers a look at the MacBU, which it says is "one of the closest things to neutral ground in a computer world divided into technological factions. The Mac BU, as it's known, makes Microsoft software for Apple computers, bridging the gulf between the companies' operating systems and linking their respective followers in the process. It may be the only place at Microsoft where someone can be spotted wearing an 'I Don't Do Windows' shirt. And nowhere else would a Microsoft employee, recounting a speech where he captivated a crowd, liken himself to Apple's Steve Jobs, rather than to Microsoft's Bill Gates."
Olympus earlier this month introduced the VP-1 Data Projector, the first-ever projector from Olympus. The new 1,000-lumen projector weighs 2.4 pounds, which the company says "is one of the smallest and lightest projectors of its kind in the world." The project offers a 1:1.2 Zoom Olympus Zuiko Digital, a contrast ratio of 2000:1, S-XGA (1024x768) resolution, and Picture-in-Picture technology in a small form facto--nearly the size of a daily planner (1.85" H x 7.1" W x 6.4" D). The VP-1 will be available in the US in March 2004 for $2,500.
Gateway plans to acquire rival eMachines in a bid to regain its footing in the PC game and broaden the distribution of its Gateway-branded consumer electronics devices at retail, reports CNET News.com. The company plans to purchase privately held eMachines for $30 million in cash and 50 million shares of its stock (the total value of the deal would be approximately $234.5 million). Under the agreement, Wayne Inouye, eMachines' CEO, would become CEO of Gateway, and Roderick Sherwood would remain as Gateway's chief financial officer. Waitt, Gateway's founder, would remain as chairman of the board.
CNN/Money columnist Paul R. La Monica asks, now that Pixar and Walt Disney have gone their separate ways, does it make sense for Apple to buy Pixar?" Both companies are run by Steve Jobs, and, with its success in online music, Apple is beginning to look "more and more like a content company." Independent media researcher Dennis McAlpine says "It's an interesting idea [...] The basis of Pixar's success is computer animation and Jobs is trying to get more into music and entertainment." Pixar's market value, as of Thursday's market close, was $3.6 billion.
Apple's Better together promo offers a new Epson Stylus C84 for free or up to $99 on select Epson printers with the purchase of any Mac between January 30, 2004 and March 27, 2004. The promo is available at participating Apple Authorized Resellers and requires users to submit a mail-in rebate.
GameRanger will soon introduce ladders, rankings, and ratings in the latest release of the "Premium" edition of its online gaming service. "You will be able to see how you compare to other players and experience the electrifying rivalry among friends and foes." Before being completely implemented, the feature will be publicly beta-tested to ensure compatibility and catch bugs.
Servoy BV announced today it will be offering training classes for its namesake development and deployment environment. The two day class (held in London, England) will provide attendees with a thorough understanding of the application development and deployment process. Early-bird registration is $1000. Techie Tours announced today a Digital Photography and Macintosh Basics Workshop with John Tenny June 6-12. John is the technology mentor for five American universities, consultant to Intel, and adviser to several online learning projects.
MathMagic Personal Edition 4.2 is a standalone equation editor for manipulating any mathematical expressions with an easy-to-use graphical interface and various powerful features. Support is included for countless image formats for importing symbols, multiple undos, Drag&Drop, and Sharing across Mac/Windows/QuarkXPress. The latest version of MathMagic comes with an extended trial period. The new version also offers better cross-platform support, an improved toolbar layout, and bug fixes. It costs $120.
Web Information Solutions has released MindFortress 1.0, a multi-media knowledge base application for the Mac OS X platform that includes 28 built-in cards that vary from Financial to Notes, Pictures, offline Web Pages, Health and Body, Identification, Internet, and Phone: "You can customize those cards and create your own with our template editor." Other features include Categorization of your cards; a favorites bar for quick access; your choice of Icon, List, or Column views; startup password, and a full search. It currently runs on Mac OS X 10.3 and is available for an introductory price of $15 ($15 off).
Fire 0.32.i addresses some unannounced Yahoo! connection changes implmemented earlier this month in the multiprotocol peer-to-peer messaging client. It offers support for AIM, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, MSN, and Yahoo! Messenger. The freeware runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later.[5.1MB] PDF2Office v1.0.1 ($100) updates the PDF document convertor. It improves table support, table recognition, support for merged cells, graphics (placement, positioning, and processing), security in PDF documents (including copying/printing support), and columns/section formatting. Version 1.8 of the Quartz drawing application Intaglio is available now. This version adds a fun new "Effects" features, new vector and bitmap operations that produce shadows, glows, 3D lighting, etc. Effects require Mac OS X 10.3 for display, and use the velocity engine in a G4 or G5 processor to increase rendering speed. Beverage Software has released Rating Bar 1.1, an iTunes rating utility that fits in the menu bar. Version 1.1 includes a number of enhancements, including vastly improved performance, and a couple of bug fixes. [92KB] Positive Spin Media has released BombSquad 2, a new version of the $5 shareware minesweeper game for Mac OS X. Version 2 features a resizable board, resizable cells, Apple help, improved "rules", localization support, and toher features. [283KB] Nemesys Software has released File Synchronization 1.3 ($12), which introduces "filters" that let you exclude some files and folders from the synchronization and can now synchronize from the preview window (without another scan). Finally, multiple items can be deleted from the preview window. [2.4MB] Pod Manager 2.2 is an $8 Shareware aimed at extracting music files from an iPod; it can be used to retrieve songs losts after reformatting a Mac hard drive, or so as to move music files from an iPod to another Mac. Version 2.2 improves support for ".m4a"/AAC files. [386KB] breve 1.8 is a free software package which makes it easy to build 3D simulations of decentralized systems and artificial life. Version 1.8 improves shadowing, adds a new "Speed" menu that allows simulations to be slowed down (OS X only), improved documentation, new AppleScript functionality, better error reporting, and new plugin samples. [1.9MB]
Microspot has released Microspot Interiors 3.4 for Mac OS X via electronic downlaod as well as launched a new Online Interiors Users Area (OIUA) for downloading additional materials. Interiors 3.4 is bundled with a basic set of Furniture Libraries, while the entire set can be easily downloaded from OIUA. In addition the new area offers a helpful guide with simple step-by-step instructions on how to build a room and add furniture and will include a 'Library of the Month,' featuring various types of furniture as well as completed rooms. Microspot Interiors ($116) is a 3D design application that allows users to visualize interior designs.
Ebranta today announced it has developed a new digital signal processing (DSP) software technology that enables musicians to receive interactive pitch information while playing an instrument: eTuner, a chromatic tuner and musical pitch analysis application, displays the note closest to the pitch being played, and the amount of variance between the detected pitch and the displayed note. It is available for Mac OS X 10.2.1 or later for $35.
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Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
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 Power 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