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Apple Store openings
Apple today announced it will open three new retail stores in early November. The company posted a grand opening announcements for new stores in Washington, Iowa, and New York. The Apple Store Carousel, located at 9553 Carousel Center in Syracuse, NY, will open on Saturday, November 6. The Apple Store Jordan Creek is located at 101 S. 74th Street in West Des Moines, Iowa and will open on on Saturday, November 6 as well. Finally, the Apple Store Alderwood will open in Lynnwood, Washington on Thursday, November 4. AppleInsder also reports on a forthcoming retail location in Canada at the Yorkdale Shopping Center located in Toronto. Last week, we noted the opening of new retail stores in Southern California and Connecticut later this week.
New rugged barcode reader
BarcodeReaders.com today announced that it has begun shipping a new rugged barcode laser scanner. These barcode readers can read barcodes at a distance into any application on Mac OS X. The Peninsula Eagle II allows you to scan directly into applications without the need for additional software and offers controls for code type, prefixes and suffixes, and other options via a simple menu-driven programming manual. It reads all standard 1D barcode types including large ITF and EAN128 codes. Peninsula also bundles its QuickTrack Start loan tracking software. It is available for $350.
Eggplant 2.0 due in Nov.
Redstone Software today announced Eggplant 2.0, the Mac OS X tool for automated, cross-platform testing. Designed specifically for GUI-level testing, Eggplant combines image-capture-and-compare technology with a powerful scripting language that allows QA teams to automate tests and other repetitive tasks. Version 2.0, due in early November, provides many enhancements, including a full-featured script debugger; autocompletion of commands, functions, variables, and other keywords; and one-click lookup of script resources. In addition, Rendezvous support allows Eggplant to automatically discover available test machines that are running either the OSXvnc 1.4 server or Apple Remote Desktop 2.0 (ARD) clients. The Mac OS X application can test applications on Windows, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, and Linux.
BIAS ships SoundSoap 2
BIAS today released SoundSoap 2, an update to its "one-click" audio cleaning software for Mac OS X that provides high-quality noise reduction. Version 2 offers a new Remove Click & Crackle and Enhance features as well as plug-in compatibility with Audio Units and RTAS/AudioSuite host applications. SoundSoap 2 also offers plug-in compatibility with DirectX and VST host applications. Based on a sophisticated multi-band compressor and equalization algorithm, the Enhance slider achieves in a single parameter control what would otherwise take advanced knowledge and a combination of tools to produce, according to BIAS. The full version is available now for $100, while upgrades are $50.
Process 1.1 update
Jumsoft has released Process 1.1 ($25) for Mac OS X, an update to its outlining application, capable of "seamlessly linking projects with the elements needed to complete them--all with single-window simplicity and a user-friendly Aqua interface." With its Source Taking feature, Process 1.1 utilizes a simple field to link plans and schedules with project-specific resources such as web sites, PDF files and text documents. The update adds custom columns, keyboard shortcuts when editing items, and filtering by label.
Edirol today announced the R-4, a 4-channel portable digital recorder and wave editor designed to offer cost-effective single-unit solution to multi-channel field recording. The R-4 records directly to an internal 40GB hard drive providing storage capacity for 58 hours of 16-bit/44.1kHz stereo recording or over 17 hours at 24-bit/96kHz. Alternatively, recordings can be made directly to Compact Flash. The R-4 can record at audio resolutions up to 24-bit/96kHz on all four channels; it features a built-in limiter and 5 different dynamic processors; 3-Band Parametric EQ, 6-Band Graphic EQ, Noise Gate, Enhancer, and Compressor / Desser. Input/Output options include 4 XLR/TRS combo microphone jacks with phantom power, RCA analog output, S/PDIF Coaxial in/out, built-in stereo microphones, built-in speakers, and USB 2.0.
SyBrowser 6.0 ($90) is a suite of native client applications that provide an overview of the tables in Sybase, Oracle, PostgreSQL and MS SQL databases. It allows the execution of SQL queries and the ability to save queries. Version 6 adds an ERD properties palette, multiple undo's when creating ER diagrammes, faster loading/saving of query files, and auto-completion of SQL commands. [6.6MB]
SuperDuper 1.5 ($20) is the latest update to the disk duplication utility for Mac OS X. SuperDuper! performs backup and clone operations quickly and easily. The new release includes AppleScript support, pre-authentication, on-the-fly permission verification, interface improvements, copy improvements and an expanded manual. [2.4MB]
iClock 2 Time Hub for Mac OS X is a replacement for the Mac OS X Menubar Clock. Version 2.0 adds hot keys, recurring alarms and new chiming options, new floating clocks faces, and calendar theme downloading. [6.1MB]
Formation 1.1 ($30) is the latest release of the software for organizing personal information, ideas, lists, notes, and projects. New in this version are options for password protecting document as well as true 448 bit Blowfish encryption for data stored in password columns. Auto save and save on close preferences have been added. [2.2MB]
SuperCard 4.5, a major upgrade to the popular authoring environment for Mac, is now available to the public in a Beta release. "We didn't just add a few bug fixes and cosmetic touchups and slap on a dot-five version number here, this new release adds eye-popping performance increases plus scores of cool new features that take xtalk to places it's never been before!" [form]
4D 2003.5 is a significant update for current users of the 4D 2003 Web development suite."We are delighted to show our commitment to our legacy products", said Brendan Coveney, president and CEO, 4D, Inc. "Although 4D 2004, a significant upgrade, was released two months ago, we are proud to show our customers that we continue with our history of providing updates to our legacy software." [67.3]
iPod, iTMS numbers
In Brief: Readers note that the 60GB iPod Photo is in stock at some local Apple Stores, including Glendale Galleria, following shipment confirmation from the online Apple Store earlier this week (it should also be available in South African stores in time for Christmas).... Apple claims the expansion of the iTunes Music Store to nine more countries in Europe means that it now reaches almost 70 percent of the global music market... The iPod has 92 percent of the market for high-capacity music players, according to a New York Times report.... MacSpeech has announced it has appointed Application Systems Heidelberg as its distributor for Germany.
\"Loops Store\" debuts
MacJams.com has announced the opening of its new "Loop Store," an online site where musicians can browse, listen to, and immediately download over 40,000 loops and sound clips in a variety of styles and instrumentation. Loops may be purchased with credits costing as little as 40 cents each, and loops are available in a variety of formats for nearly any audio program for the Macintosh platform. To celebrate the grand opening of its Loop Store, MacJams is giving away 10 free 10-credit accounts and 10 free PowerFX Apple Loops Disc Jams CDs. Loops and audio clips for the Loop Store are professionally recorded and produced by PowerFX, which provides audio content to Apple, Sony Pictures, Propellerhead, and others.
Logic Express 7 ships
Apple today announced it has begun shipping Logic Express 7, the next major release of its $300 music composition and production software that delivers professional quality audio and MIDI tools. With new Apple Loops support, software instruments and high-quality effect plug-ins, Logic Express 7 allows musicians to create, record, edit, and mix music. Logic Express 7 can open songs from GarageBand, enabling consumers seeking to step up to a more advanced application with a studio-style mixer, movie scoring capabilities, and the ability to edit and print performances using music notation. Projects and skills learned in Logic Express 7 are directly transferable to Logic Pro 7, Apple's professional music creation and audio production software.
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