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In Brief: Playlist is a new London club expected to open this summer (August 7) that allows users to bring in a 15-minute playlist on an iPod (or other digital music player); Basasoft has released a set of free classes for BasaOne, which enable users to build application using the web application development environment by dropping them into new or existing projects; Apple describes how to set up two to five base stations as a unified network that shares one Internet connection using the wireless distribution system (WDS) feature on AirPort Extreme and Express devices; IQTVRA, the organizer of the Summit in Sedona interactive media conference (October 25-29, 2004), has released the conference schedule and announces a final early registration discount.
Morrison SoftDesign's FontDoctor 6.1 updates its font problem diagnosis and repair. Users can locate and eliminate font problems on local hard drives or over a network, including missing Postscript fonts, missing bitmaps, corrupt/damaged fonts, font ID conflicts, extra fonts sizes, mixed fonts types, and lots more. Additionally, FontDoctor can convert font files (TrueType and DataFork fonts). Version 6.1 adds a "Diagnose Only" option, the ability to export/import settings, a new "Diagnose PS font filenames' option, and performance improvements. FontDoctor supports TrueType (Mac and Windows), PostScript Type 1, PostScript Type 3, Multiple Master fonts, OpenType fonts, DataFork fonts, and bitmap fonts. It is available for $70. [Classic, OSX]
Manfred Schubert has released an updated version of his Word Browser Plugin 2.0, which allows users to preview Microsoft Word documents in any browser window. The free plugin will also allow users to save the document to the Finder, printing functions, and embeds the URL in the Finder's comment area. Version 2.0 features a new toolbar, the ability to change font sizes, and improved stability. PDF Browser Plugin 2.02, which allows users to preview PDF files directly within a browser window, has also been updated, offering bug fixes and improved stability. PDF Browser Plugin is $70 for a site license and is free for private and educational use. [Word, PDF]
4D today announced the release of 4D WebSTAR V v5.3.3, a free update to 4D WebSTAR Server Suite, which includes 4D Mail. This update enhances 4D Mail's spam filtering capabilities with IP address whitelisting, and the ability to filter messages pre-tagged with SpamAssassin headers. Among other new features, 4D WebMail Pro v2.0.3 now enables 4D Mail users to change their passwords. The 5.3.3 release includes numerous other improvements to the Web, Mail and FTP servers. It is available as free update for registered users.
Alex Salkever's Six-Step Plan for Apple includes reducing pricing ("price trumps style in the computer market", abandoning the all-in-one concept of the iMac, PC trade-ins to encourage Mac purchases, a new "try-and-buy program" to allow customers to try out hardware without any risk, and using Mac OS X's strong security selling points to help Mac sales: "The latest round of attacks on Microsoft software is terrifying. If using a Mac means servers in Russia are less likely to harvest my passwords and offer my identity to the highest bidder, I think that's an offer I'd like to hear more about."
Digital Print World 2004 is being held October 26-28 in London. This year's show is more than double the size of last year's, and exhibitors include Canon, Epson, Hewlett Packard, Konica Minolta, Screen, and Xeretec Group. Visitors can register now to receive free passes to the show.
Imation has started shipping a 1GB version of its USB 2.0 Swivel Flash Drive. The device features a "never-lose" swivel cap design and weighs less than one ounce. The 1GB drive sells for $360; 128MB, 256MB, and 512MB versions are also available.
Caldera Graphics, a leading software editor for imaging solutions, today announced support for the Canon's W6200 printers. Caldera's CopyPRINT-PS, a desktop RIP software solution, can now drive Canon W6200 printers as well as other medium format inkjet printers (up to 24-inches). Based on the 'green button' concept, the company says the software's interface is highly user-oriented and can raster, PS, EPS and PDF files with advanced functions such as fast preflight or step and repeat. In addition, it has added similar support to VisualPRINT, its professional RIP server for processing and printing middle format color productions, offering several screening techniques (offset, rosettes, Adaptative Error Diffusion,etc…).
Apple's Xserve RAID Admin Tools 1.3.1 simplifies setup and monitoring of storage volumes. The Java-based application provides an interface for creating protected storage volumes, logging events, managing preferences, and monitoring storage hardware. Version 1.3.1 offers bug fixes and improves stabilty. [4.9MB] Informator 1.8 ($30) works like the known Finder Get info, but offers much more information, preview, editing functions and more. It shows detailed image information, IPTC Data, Exif Digital camera data, and QuickTime Movie annotations as well as offer batch processing functions for multiple files. Informator works directly in the Finder as well as Quark XPress, Ragtime or Adobe Indesign. [4.1MB] Nine Figures (free) is an application that displays the number of tracks sold on the iTunes Music Store in the menubar as well as displaying the top ten most sold tracks, complete with album art. "This can offer help to those aiming to get that 100-millionth download or anybody interested in the store." [36KB] REAL SQL v1.0 (free) is a new tool for REALbasic developers which allows the creation, viewing, and modification of REAL Databases for use in REALbasic projects in version 5.5 and later. It offers full table and field schema modification, the ability to view/query/edit date, indexing support, conversion from legacy RB format, and XML/CSV import/export functions. [Classic, OSX] Readerware 2.9 ($40) is an application designed to catalog books, music and videos. It adds support for duplicate ISBNs and UPCs, new sort options, improved disc/track handling, a new loan tracker, list field enhancements, better Mac OS X integration, and more. Readerware versions are available for books, CDs and videos. A Palm Edition is $50 (includes desktop version), while a client/server version is $90. Chameleon 1.0.1 ($20) update the innovative application for transforming ordinary digital photographs into works of art. "Starting from a single photograph, Chameleon can generate a wide variety of images in a range of artistic styles. Chameleon comes with 18 effects including Oil Painting, Chalk Drawing, Halftone, Mosaic, and Stubble Brush." [2.2MB] iCash 2.0 ($25) updates the personal finance and money manager designed to track incomes, expenses, credits, debts and banks transactions. It adds new chart types, transaction splits, enhanced transactions/queries printing, a new Mac OS X toolbar, a new preference panel, statistics, profit/loss summary reports, and tax handling/reporting. [Classic, OSX]
Peachpit Press today announced an updated version of Jim Heid's iLife book. The best-selling book/DVD is dedicated to helping users understand iLife, and now covers Apple's GarageBand 1.1, the latest iTunes Music Store enhancements, and the iPod family. The Macintosh iLife '04: An Interactive Guide to iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand (0-321-24671-3, $30) combines the printed page and video instruction; The book's companion DVD is completely new and contains two hours of video instruction--with book references--on all five iLife '04 applications. The DVD also includes software, GarageBand loops, example songs, sample video footage fully functional iDVD themes and iMovie plug-ins, and more.
CSi today announced Concepts Unlimited 2.0, the second generation of CSI's flagship product for conceptual computer aided design. Concepts Unlimited offers functions for modeling, drafting, photo rendering, and performance. The latest release of Concepts Unlimited incorporates a variety of new tools, including 600 new textures and 300 new decals, new extreme modeling tools for twisting and stretching shapes, Pro/E Reader for parts and assemblies, significantly reduced file sizes with advanced compression algorithms, automated creation of design books, and over 145 user requested changes and enhancements. It runs on Mac OS X.
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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