UGS PLM Solutions recently announced that it has created a Mac OS X version of Parasolid 6.0, its 3D geometric modeling component software to Mac OS X. Announced in early April 2004 at COFES 2004. "Parasolid provides the geometric modeling foundation for many of the world’s leading computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) applications. UGS PLM Solutions develops Parasolid, uses it throughout its product development applications and licenses it to independent software vendors (ISVs)." Version 6 with Mac OS X support was slated to ship at the end of April 2004.
Metro 6.2.1 ($320) is a pre-release of Sagan's multi-track recording, sequencing, and MIDI software. It brings support for routing audio and MIDI data from a single track, a new Track contextual menu, a new Software Audio Thru Feedback Protection feature, improved Jukebox functions, and more. Updates from v6.x are $15 until the full version is released. Metro SE/LX is $70/$130. [form] FaceSpan 4.2 ($200) updates the interface design tool for AppleScript applications. Version 4.2 brings better support for different resolutions, dock-badging during testing, better drag & drop support, a check for updates feature, and a terminology definitions popup in the Script Editor. [form] Text to PDF Converter 1.11 is Bee Documents' free application for creating PDF documents via drag-and-drop. Users can drag and drop any kind of text document as well as drag multiple documents simultaneously and/or an entire folder. The new version includes support for RTF files and special characters as well as improved typography. [52KB] MailHere 2.1 ($10) is a mail notification application for Mac OS X that will quickly and easily check your POP3, IMAP, and .Mac accounts. Version 2.1 offers improved POP3 support, improved IMAP and .Mac support. v2.1 also features color labels and some small bug fixes. [4.5MB] DragThing 5.2.1 updates the popular dock application for Mac OS 10.2 or later. The update fixes a potential crash when renaming dock items. An upgrade for registered users of DragThing 2 or 4 costs $12, individual licences cost $30, and five and ten packs are available for $100 and $150 respectively. [3.4MB] LogPile 1.4.1 offers a default page setup and default start up display (by specifying a list of file extensions) as well as many Mac OS X 10.3-related bug fixes. The utility allows users to view and analyze Mac OS X's system and application logs and can perform basic data-mining operations. [1.2MB] SiteOrbiter 3.1 ($18) brings embedded browsing to the visual reporting tool for web developers. It can graphically report on broken or moved links to both local and remote web addresse, help understand the structure complex web sites (and create a PDF document of such), search for particular page characteristics, track site changes over time, view HTTP headers for any page, and more. [891KB] BluePhoneMenu 1.2 (free) adds Caller ID and SMS functionality to Mac OS X for any Bluetooth-enabled phone. Version 1.2 adds new alerts including full-screen caller ID, custom ring sounds, better iTunes response, improved call logs, an SMS browser as well as an SMS composer with auto-completion and AddressBook integration. It also features improved call control. [340KB] iSticky 1.3 ($23) is a "full-featured" memo assistent that can create local stickies, share stickies with other Rendezvous-enabled computers on your network, or with other global users who have a iSticky username. It supports multiple categories, custom skins, etc. It offers a new menubar icon, automatic URL selection, improved drag & drop, and other features. [3.2MB]
In Brief: NotebookReview has an in-depth look at AirPort Express, including a few details on its operation and a photo of the inside of the device; SalemOpen.net, based on the NewburyOpen.net model, is another free, public, wireless network in Salem, MA created by Tech Superpowers. LoadPod, a new service that digitizes your CD collection and loads it onto your iPod, has added local service in several new areas, including the San Francisco, Sacramento, and Berekely; A new PowerMac G4 MDD Cooling Mod demonstrates how to add extra fans to lower the system temp to help with heat generated from overclocking.
Concord Camera has announced the Concord DV2020 2 Megapixel 5-in-1 multi-function Digital Video camera, which features a 2 megapixel digital still camera, digital video camera with MPEG-4 compression, PC cam with instant PC video playing/recording capability, digital voice recorder, and MP3 player in a single handheld device. Encased in a sleek aluminum body, the camera offers a familiar 'video camera' shape and 270-degree adjustable high-quality (117k pixels) LCD. It includes 16MB of internal storage, an SD memory card slot, 5 scene modes, a 2X digital zoom for photographs, and 4X digital zoom for video. The $230 camera ships with a pouch, earphone, strap, USB and AV cables, Lithium-Ion battery, and AC adapter.
Apple today announced that more than 250 million copies of QuickTime 6 have been downloaded in less than two years since its release. "QuickTime 6 is by far the most popular version of QuickTime ever distributed, with over 250 million copies downloaded and counting," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With QuickTime 6, Apple continues to be the industry leader in providing an end-to-end standards-based digital media delivery system."
TDK today introduced two Indi DVD Multiformat burners that record DVD+R media at 12x speed and DVD-R media at 8x speed as well as record DVD+R/+RW (4x), DVD-R/-RW (4x) and CD-R/RW (24x) discs and support 48x CD read/write capabilities. The external Indi DVD Multiformat burner features both FireWire/IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 connectivity and provides plug-and-play installation and will ship in July for $270, while the internal version ($170) is available now.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: Several topics on Apple's new PowerMac G5 models, released today; Apple's new "liquid cooling" system in the latest Power Mac G5, and debate over Apple's terminology use; Tom Boger's statement not to expect a PowerBook G5 before the end of the year; Apple's latest security update for Mac OS X; Apple's new AirPort Express and AirTunes; impressions of the new iTunes 4.6 update for Mac OS X.
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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
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R