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CDML to LDML Converter from Blue World (preview release) provides the means for FileMaker Web developers to migrate solutions built upon CDML to LDML (Lasso Dynamic Markup Language). The CDML to LDML Converter operates within Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Adobe GoLive CS on Mac OS X. [Download - e-mail Blue World beta team] NetWare Client 1.2.1 for Mac OS X from Prosoft Engineering is a maintenance update to the $150 server software. The new version adds these new features: support for files larger than 4GB on servers that are running NetWare 6 SP3; NCP packet signing for enhanced security; directory mount-root support; Filesystem ACL support; and more. [Download - 2.1MB] Exhibit 3.1 is a update to the $15 Web gallery creation tool for Mac OS X and Classic. The update includes bug fixes, and several enhanced features, including: faster image importing; better recognizes and removes non-image files; and bug fixes affecting multi-page HTML generation and saving. [Download - OS X, Classic] Fink 0.7.0 and Fink 0.6.3 are updates to the developers' tool for Mac OS X 10.3, and OS X 10.2, respectively. Various improvements have been included in this release, including a package manager that is better able to handle 'exceptional situations,' and new binary versions of many previously unavailable packages. [Download - New Install, Update] Frequency 2.0 is a major upgrade to the $20 program for easily updating weblogs. Frequency reduces the time it takes to update weblogs by eliminating the need to access a Web-based update system. The new version adds the much-requested ability to manage multiple weblogs simultaneously. [Download - 2.0MB] spellXbuilder allows users to create custom spelling lists to test on at a desired pace. spellXbuilder uses the Mac's built-in voice capabilities to dictate the tests. [Download - 179KB] EasyWMA allows users to convert WMA audio files to MP3 to enable Mac users to play songs in iTunes or any other non-WMA player. EasyWMA has a very simple user interface, full drag and drop support, and can do batch processing. [Download - 1.2MB] Mellel 1.7.5 ($30) is a major update to the advanced multilingual word processor. The updated version offers extensive RTF import and export support, .doc import and export, bulleted and numbered lists, and GUI enhancements. [Download - 2.4MB]
Educators, businesses, students, and parents in Maine have formed a coalition to defend Maine's pioneering iBook laptop program as a necessity. "By any measure, the Maine laptop program is a success story," David Brenerman, board chairman of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and father of a seventh grader, told the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. Supporters want the program extended from the 7th and 8th grades to all four high school grades. "I can't imagine going to school and not having a laptop," a seventh grader at Moore Middle School in Portland said.
The Iconfactory today released its Matrix Rebooted Icons, an icon collection it says is to "celebrate the North American DVD release of Matrix Revolution. Matrix Rebooted is a grand tribute to the movie trilogy from the Wachowski brothers and contains over 90 individual icons that can be used as a complete system replacement set for Mac desktops. CandyBar users will be happy to learn that Matrix Rebooted comes complete as a CB iContainer that can replace all of your system icons in a single click and even contains alternate versions so CandyBar uses can mix and match to their heart's content." It has also posted two desktop pictures to "complete your Mac's Matrix makeover."
"Secrets of the iPod, Fourth Edition" is the latest edition of Peachpit's $20 guide to the iPod by Christopher Breen. It offers tips and tricks for Mac and Windows users on "how to get the most out of your iPod and iPod mini." In addition to the secton on the iPodˆs all-touch interface and on-the-go play lists, readers will also find hints for accessorizing and protecting an iPod, tips on maximizing its storage capabilities, and troubleshooting advice for when it refuses to cooperate.
Apple on Tuesday lost a bid to have its legal case brought by the Beatles' management company moved from Britain to the United States according Reuters: "The California computer maker has been embroiled in a trademark dispute since September with the similarly named London-based Apple Corps., the company formed in 1968 to manage the band's business interests and act as its music label. Apple Corps. took the computer maker to court, accusing Apple Computer of violating a 1991 agreement specifying that it could use the Apple trademark for computer products only. The Beatles management said Apple Computer broke the agreement when it used the logo and trademark to promote its iTunes online music store"
MacPlay and Buena Vista Interactive today announced plans to release TRON 2.0 for the Mac in May 2004. Developed by Monolith Productions, TRON 2.0 is described as an action-packed story-driven title inspired by TRON, the groundbreaking science-fiction motion picture. "TRON 2.0 takes place in present day, two decades after the events of the film. Gamers are digitized into cyberspace to battle corruption both inside and outside of the computer world, while exploring locations including the Internet Hub, Firewall, Corrupted Server and Light Cycle Game Grid. In addition to the single-player experience, TRON 2.0 offers team-based multiplayer levels that allow up to 16 players to compete simultaneously." It will be available for Mac OS X in May for $50.
Evening tech news: Dell will begin selling database software from Oracle that has been pre-loaded onto its computer servers, an offer aimed at small and medium-sized businesses; the World Wide Web is just about 15 years old, but already it is showing signs of wear as growing demand for Internet addresses and everyday functionality challenge the limits of the technology behind the Web; the proliferation of cell phones is having potentially dangerous consequences for U.S. firefighters and police officers, who in some places can't use their radios to call for help because of interference from cell signals.
ZEDOnet GmbH has released PrintFab (€70), a new printer driver suite that features RIP functionality, a CMYK proof mode for prepress, and new "dynamic" PrintFab color profiles, which offer full control over color mixture and ink consumption on any kind of paper, offering "more realistic, more colorful and brilliant photos than economy mode." ZEDOnet says that the intelligent ink saving system reduces ink consumption by 25-50% without a noticeable loss in print quality; it additionally offers a color profiling service for creating profiles specifically for specific printer, paper and ink combinatinos (€20 per color profile). PrintFab runs on Mac OS X 10.2; a 30-day demo is available.
Dell CEO Michael Dell says that Apple has priced itself out of the mainstream market, according to an interview published by USAToday: "What about the resurgence of Apple (AAPL)? Steve Jobs says he sells the Mercedes of the computer business while you sell the Taurus. If you go look at where jet engines are designed, for example, you might be curious to note that more than half are designed on Dell computers. What Apple has done is build the Bang & Olufsen of the computer industry — very nice products, but they've priced themselves out of the mainstream market."
Ilexsoft today released HighDesign 1.2, an update to the 2D CAD and illustration program with a streamlined interface and advanced tools. Version 1.2 includes a re-designed Text tool, a new Angular Dimension tool, support for the 'click-drag' drawing mode, support for Unicode text encoding, new symbol libraries, and an improved Sheets tool. It also introduces French and British English localizations of the interface and dozens of enhancements for improved performance and stability. Standard ($150) and Professional ($350) editions are available.
Memorex today announced the Memorex True 8X External Dual Format DVD Recorder. It offers a stylish silver and black design and "true 8X speed without overburning"--with support for both DVD+R and DVD-R discs. The True 8X External drive also writes to CD-R discs at 32X; rewrites DVD+RW discs at 4X, DVD-RW discs at 4X and CD-RW discs at 24X; and reads DVD-ROM at 12X and CD-ROM at 40X speeds. It offers both USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394a FireWire interfaces (along with cables for each) as well as a headphone jack and volume control on the front of the drive. It will ship later this month for $230, while the internal version is available now for $200.
Schwab has begun coverage of Apple Computer with a "neutral" rating, according to CBSMarketWatch.com, while The Montley Fool says that Apple's stock price "has gotten ahead of itself. Despite a weak computer market, Apple shares have surged almost 30% in the past three months. At 37 times 2004 earnings and 30 times 2005, Apple looks pricey. Even if it pulls off a 20% earnings growth over the next three years, that still puts it trading at a generous PEG of 1.6. If iPod runs out of steam, Apple's earnings will most likely decline. Further, the stock trades at a 50% premium to Dell, which itself trades on a rich multiple." Meanwhile, PC Pro notes that Apple's stock reached another 52-week high yesterday, closing at $28.32.
j2 Global Communications today announced a new, enhanced version of its Messenger desktop-communications software application for Mac OS X. Subscribers of eFax, eFax Corporate and jConnect can receive and send faxes securely from their Mac desktop using Messenger's new Direct Send feature, which simplifies the desktop faxing process. Subscribers can also fax directly from the Apple Print Dialog window in most applications. It also offers a wide selection of cover sheet templates, an integrated address book for storing/organizing recipient information, and convenient access the 50 most recently used fax numbers. Both eFax Messenger and j2 Messenger are available.
Yarra Valley Software has released iMagine Video, an image processing tool for Mac OS X, which enables users to automate their workflow for importing movies and drawing movie frames, creating movies and adding movie frames using AppleScript. iMagine Video includes all the image file processing, and 2D drawing functionality of iMagine Photo, adding imaging and drawing functionality to AppleScript and providing numerous drawing commands, movie import functions, image export, movie creation, and image manipulation and processing commands. It is available for $54 (33% discount) through April 22.
IGG Software has released iWork 2.1, an update to its time-billing and project management application that integrates with iCal and Address Book. Version 2.1 offers an overview all client projects, built-in menu bar searching, customizable textual reports, improved invoicing, and more. IGG also updated iWork Server 1.1, its application that allows users to collaborate on projects or who need to work from multiple networked computers using Rendezvous. iWork 2.1 is available for $30 or as a $15 upgrade from v1.x. iWork Server with two iWork Clients is $75. [iWork, iWork Server]
Microsoft today announced that in eight days, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac will be released to manufacturers for production. The new productivity suite is available for pre-order today, from the Apple Store online, Amazon.com, MacConnection, MacMall and MacZone. It will ship by the third week of May, according to Microsoft. “Customer feedback on early versions of Office 2004 for Mac has been overwhelmingly positive; we are really excited to get it out the door and into the hands of our customers,” said Roz Ho, general manager for the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft. The new version includes charting improvements in Excel 2004, smart buttons in Word and Excel 2004, new design templates, 'Save As Picture' in Office, and 'Soft Shadows' in Office.
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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermÃ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL